Warwick University student, Jake Allingan, aged 20, took part in a run totaling over 15 miles in memory of his Grandad, Michael Allingan, who died aged 73 from mesothelioma – a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
The route started in Halifax and ended in Oldham at his nan’s house.
Members of Jake’s family also took part in the run, including his nan who ran for 2 miles and 3 of his cousins who also ran part of the route, all helping to raise money for charity in the fight against mesothelioma..
Together, Jack and his family have raised over £2,000 for the charity Mesothelioma UK.
Jake’s grandma said, “He did really well and it was great to have family and friends there. I was so proud. He put his heart and soul into it. My daughter-in-law took part and her two sons cycled the route. Mike would have been so proud.”
Jake managed to complete the run in a respectable time of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The route took him through Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden, and finished in Spring Hall Rise in Oldham.
He ran the first 7 miles on his own before family members joined in along the remaining route.
Jake was very thankful for the support of his family and friends and said: “I was exhausted, but delighted to remember my grandad through this run. Thanks so much to my family and friends for supporting me throughout, by running with me or giving encouragement at different points along the way.”
“Thanks to all who have donated to Mesothelioma UK – I am just over the £2,000 mark and contributions can still be made.”
If you would like to donate to Jake’s fundraising page, visit virgin moneygiving.com/Jake Allingan.
Source of article: www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/99715/exhausted-but-so-proud-at-the-end by Rosalyn Roden
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