Lifelong Bradford City fan Dr Robert Moran is running the London Marathon on Sunday – possibly in a tiara and a tutu sporting the club’s claret and amber colours!
That’s if he hits a fundraising target of £1,500 for vital research and care on the neurological condition multiple sclerosis.
And Bradford people can help make sure Dr Moran turns out in the full ensemble.
The 38-year-old is running the 26.2 miles in the hope of raising £2,000 for the MS Society. He has pledged that if he reaches £1,250 he will run in a tiara. And will even wear a tutu in City colours if he makes £1,500.
Bradford-born Dr Moran, who works for the Department of Transport in London, said: “I know how vital the work of the Society is to those directly affected by MS in the UK.”
His brother-in-law, Christopher Nicholson, has been diagnosed with MS and Dr Moran wants to support the Society in their search for a cure and development of more effective treatments, in addition to providing specialist care and support to sufferers.
A regular runner, this weekend’s will be Dr Moran’s longest run to date, although he has previously completed five half-marathons, including the Great North Run in 2009 when he raised nearly £600 for The Bradford Burns Unit.
Although he now lives in Milton Keynes, the City season ticket-holder travels to as many home and away matches as he can.
Dr Moran said of Sunday’s run: “I’m pretty excited about it now. I have had such a lot of support that I really want to go out, give it my best and hope I enjoy at least some of it.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Bob-Moran. To make sure Dr Moran runs in tiara and tutu, include #drbobtiara in the message. His progress can be followed on Twitter @thedrbob.
MARATHON RUNNERS ARE ON THEIR MARKS FOR GOOD CAUSES
Helping causes close to his heart has sparked Marc Forrest’s bid for the London Marathon.
After a few half-marathons, the 40-year-old, of Baildon, decided to have a crack at a full run this year.
He is raising money for four charities – Mind, Alzheimers Society, Stroke Association and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Marc, who works as a print finisher at Printcraft in Otley Road, has been training for four months.
To sponsor Marc, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/marc forrest.
Injuries have hit last-minute training for a Wibsey dad-to-be.
Tackling the run in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research, Rob Kellett was part of a staff team at RBS Corporate Banking in Leeds, who raised £21,000 for the charity last year.
The 34-year-old decided to complete the 26.2-mile challenge to top up their total. Rob, has already raised £1,000.
To sponsor Rob, visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Kellett1.
Craig Burkill’s marathon bid is on a knife-edge.
The 33-year-old had to halt training three weeks ago due to pain in his right knee. Not long before, he had undergone surgery to repair a tear in the other knee.
Craig, a forklift driver, of Allerton, said: “I am hoping it is just a strain and have been resting it ever since.”
This is Craig’s first full marathon and he started training last October. He took up running four years ago and has done more than 20 half-marathons.
Mr Burkill is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis, a condition which affects a little boy within his family.
Hairdresser David Wilson is hoping to make waves for a little boy with a heart defect.
David has run more than 400 miles in three months to prepare for Sunday's big race.
And he is aiming to raise at least £3,000 for the Cardio Myopathy Association, on behalf of three-year-old Marty Bishop, of Guiseley, who has a rare heart condition. Marty’s mum, Sarah, is a customer at the Shipley salon where David works.
David, 36, of East Morton, has already raised £2,000.