Story: Ian, 45, is running in honour of his son Josh, who was just three years old when he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer known as Burkitts Lymphoma. For four months in 2014 Josh’s home was Ward 84.
Josh was given the VIP treatment in 2016 when he was the special guest race starter for the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run, so it’s fitting that this is the year his dad will represent when he runs in Team 10.
The event will also come at a pivotal moment for eight-year-old Josh – three days before, on 16th May 2019, he will have what’s hoped will be his final oncology appointment and be discharged from RMCH. He will have officially been in remission for five years in early July.
Ian said: “We’re big supporters of RMCH Charity as a family – we’ve done a number of events including fun days, the Great Manchester Run, and my wife Jane spoke at the charity’s carol concert in 2016. Josh’s school have also involved all the schoolchildren in raising money.
“The hospital and the charity mean the world to us and they always will. The incredible team on Ward 84 got us through the darkest days of our life and we will be forever grateful they were able to save our little boy.
“The difficulty of running is absolutely nothing compared to what the inspirational and brave children at the hospital go through.”
Ian will be cheered on by Jane, Josh, daughter Laura, son Adam, stepson Charlie and lots of extended family.
Ian’s thoughts on Team 10: "Words just can’t describe how it felt to be asked to join Team 10 – I felt absolutely honoured, privileged , emotional and, of course, very excited. I didn’t need to think about it – of course the answer was yes.
"I’m definitely not a runner so it will be hard. But the support people give you is incredible and it will be a fantastic achievement and a wonderful celebration."