Man takes on 150-mile run for cancer charity

CHALLENGE Darryl Mills and his wife Carly. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132678-3)
CHALLENGE Darryl Mills and his wife Carly. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132678-3)
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DEDICATED Darryl Mills is running 150 miles in memory of his sister-in-law who died from cervical cancer.

Darryl has already finished 20 miles of his mammoth task, after starting on Saturday.

He is running at least 10 miles each day, with the final 10 on October 27 – the Great South Run, held again in Portsmouth.

The 31-year-old, of Holt Close, Cherque Farm, Lee-on-the-Solent, is raising cash for Cancer Research UK, in memory of his sister-in-law Emma Parker, of Elson, Gosport, who died aged 34 in May.

He said: ‘All of her friends have got right behind it, we’ve got over £2,000 now.

‘It was in January I decided to do it, that’s when she got married and when we got the news through that she was terminally ill.

‘Her friends have been doing Race for Life. She’s got a lot of friends – something positive is coming out of it.’

Darryl has already run the John Austin Half Marathon, along with other local 10km road races and the New Forest Running Festival 10-mile run in March.

Emma, who has a two-year-old son, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February last year.

Her husband Ben Parker told The News it is ‘great’ that Darryl is taking on the 150-mile challenge for a good cause.

Darryl is running around the local area to achieve the impressive mileage.

That includes Stokes Bay, in Gosport, near his home in Lee-on-the-Solent and further away in Titchfield.

He is being sponsored by Coastal Clinics, in South Street, Gosport.

He gets free sports massages and advice while preparing and doing his epic challenge.

He said: ‘So far they have given me so much help in the way of sports massages and advice and I really don’t think I could have got this far without them.

‘My sports therapist is Lawrence Knott and he and the clinic have been amazing.’

Emma’s friends and family have raised an impressive £2,050 so far.