Trio, two from Mildenhall, one the chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, to take on Great North Run, in Newcastle to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK
Two brothers and a son-in-law are taking on the Great North Run to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the same disease which one of them has been diagnosed with.
Andy and Martin King, both of Mildenhall, and Adam Trett will run the world’s biggest half marathon in Newcastle on Sunday.
Martin suffers from Alzheimer’s, which he was diagnosed with two years ago.
Andy, 59, and the current chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR), said despite some aspects of the training runs with Martin being a little ‘unusual’ due to him suffering from the disease, he was relishing the chance to run with his brother.
“I wouldn’t have missed it for the world but it has been a challenge,” he said.
“It’s quite hard work because for me I’m not able to do my own run, I’m constantly having to keep an eye on him, but it’s not about me.”
He added: “He still runs like an 18-year-old so it’s keeping up with him.
“As a family he wants to give something back.”
Despite the challenge of training for Sundays run, Martin said Andy had always been the athletic type.
“He was always very very good at cross country and it would be nothing for him to run from Newmarket to Cheveley after having spent the night in Newmarket,” he said.
Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss which can lead to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the surrounding environment.
It is a disease which is prevalent in Andy’s family.
“We as a family have a background of Alzheimer’s,” he said.
“I have a sister in America who also has it, she’s number seven to have had it and Martin is number eight.”
On top of the run on Sunday, Andy, Martin and Adam organised a charity golf day in Fornham St Martin last weekend to raise extra money.
The day was made up of eight teams and Andy said the whole event went well.
“Teams played very well and came in with some very high scores,” he said.
“Thanks to every one who played and for their generosity on the day.”
The charity day raised just over £900, adding to the £1,500 the three have already raised on their JustGiving page.
To donate, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-king55