Father of cancer victim raises £3,450 for charity
A DAD was inspired to run a half marathon after losing his nine-year-old son to cancer.
Graeme Crosbie, of Curry Rivel, has raised £3,450 for CLIC Sargent after completing the Bristol Half Marathon.
Mr Crosbie was motivated to support the charity after his son Ewan lost his battle with leukaemia in 2006.
His family received practical, clinical and emotional support from CLIC Sargent before and after the youngster's death.
Mr Crosbie started running in May last year after many friends did runs to raise money for charity in memory of Ewan.
He has since built up his running skills and as a result has lost four stone in weight.
He said: "I had not done any exercise for about 30 years before May last year, and I was about four stone overweight.
"After Ewan died, lots of friends did fundraising, including runs and marathons, and we were very grateful for that
"I started trying to get fit last year after a discussion with a business associate of mine who had run the Bristol 10K and the half.
"I had been on a walking holiday to the Lake District and found one day after doing a very level walk that I had very sore ankles and could hardly move – I thought I must do something about this.
"I gradually found I could run further without stopping to walk, and had a real sense of accomplishment the day I ran 5K without stopping.
"I now go out running three or four times a week and run about 20 miles altogether. I feel I have more energy and vitality and I don't have joint pain any more.
"The race was great, the support throughout was fantastic for all runners and for all charities.
"The CLIC cheerleading contingent were noisy and encouraging, and spurred me on whenever I passed a group of them."
Mr Crosbie completed the Bristol Half Marathon in just under two hours on Sunday, September 15.
He has raised just under £3,000 in sponsorship, which brings the total up to around £3,450 including Gift Aid.