A man from Lostock Hall has paid tribute to his late dad by running his first-ever marathon.Advertisement
Clark Crosby raised more than £2,500 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation when he ran the Chester Marathon in a time of 4 hours 12 minutes.
Clark’s dad Ian sadly died of bowel cancer in June 2019 aged just 56 years old. On Clark’s wrist throughout the marathon was a sports watch that had belonged to Ian.
Clark, who works as a trainer for HGS at Tulketh Mill, said: “My dad knew I had signed up to a marathon. I told him about it and he was quite impressed despite hating running himself.
“I find running good for my mental health. It gives me headspace. I went for a run the day after dad’s funeral to clear my mind.
“I had already decided to run my marathon as a tribute to him, raising money as a thank you to the wonderful staff at Rosemere Cancer Centre, who looked after dad for the last nine months or so of his life.
“I also remembered he had a sports watch, which dad’s wife Tracey gave to me. It felt fitting to wear it for the marathon. It helped keep me going, especially from the 22 mile mark onwards when my legs began to really hurt.”
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Also keeping Clark going was his friend Gareth Wilkinson, with who he ran the whole course.
Clark said: “I like running on my own but it was a good job Gaz was with me on the marathon. I hadn’t run further than 21 miles but he spurred me on to the finish. I’d like to thank him for that.
“I’d also like to thank my wife Heather for putting up with all my running talk and Tracey for kindly passing the watch on and for being an absolute tower of strength while my father lived with cancer. She’s an amazing woman.
“In addition, I owe thanks to my manager Becky and my work colleagues for all their support and everyone who backed me. I am going to keep running but maybe not another marathon!”
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