Fechin Mc Cormick
A very special ‘Well done’ to Mike Starkey who completed the Great North Run in Newcastle and raised over £1000 (so far) for Alzheimer's Research UK.
It was confirmed earlier this year that Mike has Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a relatively uncommon form of Alzheimer's that affects the back of the brain and has an impact of visual perception as well as memory. Because of this diagnosis he was especially keen to run the GNR with his two sons. It was very special because it was to be their first ever competitive run together. Unfortunately Mike had failed to get an entry through the usual ballot or lottery so I was fortunate to have the ‘right contacts’ to get him an entry so he could fulfil his dream with his two sons Benjamin and Patrick.
They crossed the line together, holding hands and completed the course in 2 hours 15 minutes and had a brilliant time. Mike’s wife wrote “It was a wonderful day helped by the weather and one that we’ll never forget. I managed to get a good spot 200 yards from the finish and saw Mike and the two boys crossing the line together. We were even given a special car park permit with instructions for getting away afterwards” Mike’s sons also reported how much Mike loved the whole event fulfilling his long standing dream.
Mike joined Sale Harriers in 2015 and has made fantastic progress. All of us who know him wish him and his family well; hope his continued running will benefit him well in coming weeks and months and that he’ll be among the line-up again next year with his sons even fitter and faster to re-live his dream.
Posted 16/09/2016 08:04