Former couch potato Rob Rushforth is running two half marathons in support of his friend's young son who has cardiomyopathy.
Rob from Bingley in Yorkshire is supporting Marty Bishop who was found to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the womb.
He is running the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on Sunday, March 10th, and the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday, May 12th to raise funds for the CMA.
Rob, who plays in a band called Northern Rokk with Marty's dad Darren, said: "When Darren told me what he and his wife Sarah had been through with Marty I felt compelled to do something. They are lovely people and Marty is such a great little boy and so cute."
As well as playing in a couple of gigs for the CMA, Rob decided to get active again.
He said: "I used to play amateur rugby league for Bank Top Harriers about ten years ago but got fed up and did no exercise for a long time. I realised last year before I went on holiday that I needed to lose some weight. I went on a diet, lost just over a stone and joined a gym. I started running on the treadmill and then along the canal near my apartment as it's nice and handy. I run about three times a week depending on commitments and run to work which is a couple of miles. "
Rob is hoping to complete the flat Milton Keynes route in under two hours and the more challenging Leeds route in 2hrs 10 minutes. He said: "I'll be happy to finish them in one piece as long as I can raise plenty of money." To support him see here
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