20/04/17Your stories

Graham Silburn has pulled out all the stops and is challenging himself to a string of incredible races this year to raise funds for Candlelighters in memory of his colleague’s daughter, Megan Pratt.

He’s already racked up a string of race medals in the early months of 2017, having completed the Ferriby 10 Mile in January, the Manchester 10K Winter Run in February and then the Silverstone Half Marathon- Graham’s first ever half marathon!- in March.

Graham will be earning plenty of 10K race medals later on in the year when he completes the Manchester 10K, Lincoln 10K, Beverley 10K, Leeds 10K, Grimsby 10K, Hull 10K, Scarborough 10K and York 10K. Sound like a lot? It’s just a warm up for him, as he’ll also be taking on three more half marathons on top of Silverstone (North Lincolnshire, Liverpool Rock n Roll and Humber Bridge) and then the Hull Marathon!

We’re in awe!

Speaking to Candlelighters, Graham said: “I’m supporting Candlelighters because of the help they give to children with cancer and their families both during their illness and after their illness. My colleague’s daughter sadly died last year at the age of 13 after losing her battle with cancer, and the support that Candlelighters gave Megan and her family during her treatment and final days was outstanding.”

“I’ve run for the last three years. For the last two years, I’ve raised money for Macmillan and Cancer Research because my mum had cancer back in 2006 but thankfully she beat it. So this year, I decided to raise money for a children’s charity and when Megan died, I told her dad Ken that I want to raise money all year in memory of Megan. I asked him to choose the charity and he chose Candlelighters. Ken is taking part in the Hull 10K on 18th June with me, hopefully along with some others. He’s never run before but promised his daughter that he would compete in it.”

You can visit Graham’s Just Giving page here to find out more or to donate to his ‘running’ total.

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