Gerry takes on Grim Challenge

Gerry Drabble who is raising money for the Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport by taking part in the 8k Grim Challenge running race. He will be wearing a picture on his running vest of his wife Becky who died from the desease with his sons (left), Aaron Drabble (11), and Owen Drabble (seven).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132712-2)

Gerry Drabble who is raising money for the Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport by taking part in the 8k Grim Challenge running race. He will be wearing a picture on his running vest of his wife Becky who died from the desease with his sons (left), Aaron Drabble (11), and Owen Drabble (seven).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132712-2)

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A MAN is planning a charity run in memory of his dead wife – but he has to quit smoking first.

Gerry Drabble, of Elsfred Road in Hill Head, wants to take on the Grim Challenge, a gruelling eight-mile endurance run over muddy trails and water-filled ditches.

Mr Drabble’s wife, Becki, lost her battle against cervical cancer last September.

But the 42-year-old admits conquering the course will be much easier if he can drop a habit he picked up when he was just 12 – cigarettes.

He said: ‘If I’m raising money for cancer I really have to quit smoking first.

‘I’m using the electronic ones as an alternative to try them out. I’m already reasonably fit so I should be all right for the run.

‘It’s through mud and it’s through water. There’s a reason why they call it the Grim Challenge.’

Mr Drabble is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and the Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport.

He launched his fundraising campaign at the Gosport centre, which he said did an excellent job supporting those affected by cancer.

‘They’re a drop-in centre you can go to for a cup of coffee. It’s open-door for cancer sufferers, their friends and families and people who just want advice or somewhere to escape to,’ he said.

‘Unfortunately they were vandalised last year and they’re not up to full speed yet but they’re open.’

Becki Drabble was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She died just four days after the couple had marked their 17th wedding anniversary.

She left behind two children, Aaron, 11, and Owen, eight, who Mr Drabble now raises alone.

Mr Drabble said he was looking for donations or sponsors to add their name to his race T-shirt.

The Grim Challenge will take place in Aldershot on December 1.

To sponsor Mr Drabble send a text to 07577 000150 or visit the page uk.virginmoneygiving.com/gerrymaddogdrabble8kgrimathonchallenge.

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