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David runs in memory of loved one

David Vasey, 35, from Whitley Bay North Tyneside, is running the Great North Run for the fifth time, in memory of his father in law.

Dave Walter, received pain and symptom management care at St Oswald's after suffering from Bowel Cancer and Lymphoedema. He died in May 2014.

David, an IT Trainer at a Sintons Law, tell us:

“My father in law had Bowel Cancer which caused him quite a lot of pain and also suffered quite badly from Lymphoedema in his legs. St Oswald’s worked on a pain management program as well as quite intensive Lymphoedema treatment.

“Running the GNR has now become an annual event. It is obviously the largest half marathon in the world, but what makes it so special is that it has a real sense of local celebration.

“I have set a challenge from 2015 onwards to complete at least 2 half marathons a year for charity. I ran the Blackpool Half Marathon in April this year in aid of St Oswald’s and managed to get a personal best.

David set himself an official target of £300 but is hoping to raise even more through support from family, friends, and work colleagues. 

David finished:

“Having ran a half marathon in April I was in much better shape than usual but developed an injury straight after. I have slowly recovered and my training is well on target, I’m currently completing at least one 10 mile run each week.

“It’s a cliché, but I always look forward to the crowds support and the charities support on the day. To any first timers, the crowd will spur you on and keep you going.”

To sponsor David, visit his Virgin Money Giving page at: