Feb 13 2014 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A LOVING son who lost his dad to cancer two years ago has ran 10k to raise money for charity.
Stephen Parker, 40, from Skem, completed the Southport Mad Dog 10 last Sunday in an impressive time of 57 minutes.
Stephen was running with his friends Dan Chapman and Ray Weedall as the first of five challenges to raise £5,000 for five different charities – Help For Heroes, Walking with the Wounded, Queenscourt Hospice, Cancer Research and Ovarian Cancer.
Stephen said: “It was good and I really enjoyed it, although it was hard for the first 5k.
“Considering the weather, the support from the spectators was amazing.
“The whole race was run so well by the organisers and everything went really well.”
As well as losing his dad, Stephen also lost his mother-in-law six years ago to ovarian cancer. He said: “I wanted to do something for them and the cancers they had.”
Next the Challenge Five team will take part in The Manchester 10k run, the Liverpool marathon, the National Three Peaks and Tough Mudder during 2014.
For the Challenge Five team fundraising page visit virgin moneygiving.com/ team/challenge5
Full names and times of runners are available in this week’s Southport Visiter.