A RUN-LOVING reporter is only days away from taking part in a half marathon to raise vital cash for a cancer charity.
Rob Smyth will be taking part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2013 on Sunday in a bid to raise cash for Cure Leukaemia and to boost the Mail’s Take Five Minutes campaign.
Cure Leukaemia is one of several organisations that has provided vital help to Katherine Sinfield, who is the thrust behind the paper’s bid to get more people to register to be blood and bone marrow donors.
Rob revealed that, with only a few days left, he was looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “Ever since I decided to take part in the half marathon, I have been gradually upping my training to make sure that I can manage the 13.1-mile distance.
“Over the past few weeks, I have run more than 13 miles on five occasions and feel that I am ready for the run at the weekend.
“I am a regular runner, but even upping my training to this distance has been hard. It will be worthwhile in the end.”
Rob has raised more than £400 thanks to colleagues, friends and family, but is looking to try to top £500 by the time he completes his task in the second city on Sunday afternoon.
The 26-year-old added: “We all get bombarded with pleas for cash all the time, but I ask anyone who reads this to donate just £1 – that will help a great cause and will help boost the good work we are doing at the Mail with the Take Five Minutes campaign.
“There have been plenty of times durng my training that I have wanted to stop and take the easy way out, but you just have to think of people like Katherine to get that extra spur to drive you on to the finish.”
Rob will undertake his challenge only days before Katherine undergoes a bone marrow transplant to save her life.
To donate, or to find out more, visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Smyth