As some of you may or may not know, I've recently lost a friend who took his own life. I'm still not sure how to take that information, nor have I come to terms with it and to be honest I don't think I ever will.
I'm a big believer that help should be made accessible to anyone who needs it, and that there is always someone there to talk to. However much I would love to turn back time and remind him that there is help available, I can't do that now. But I can help someone else.
I've done a few charity events now, and following the Gateshead 10K last year I did promise my retirement (I'm sure nobody wants to see any more photos of me gasping and panting along) but this felt like a fitting final event. Everything else I've ever done has been for a cause close to me, but this time really is the one that's hit me the hardest.
With your help I've raised literally thousands the past few years, all starting back in 2013. This year, for my grand finale, I'm coming back to raise money for the Samaritans (reg charity no 219432) and Mental Health UK (reg charity no 1170815)
For one last time, I've signed up to the Manchester 10K. 19th May 2019 (it's on BBC2), to raise some cash and hopefully beat my previous times at Manchester 2016 and Gateshead 2018.
If you can spare some change, nice one. If you can't, thanks for reading anyway! And if you're free on Sunday 19th May please come down and cheer me on / catch me when I fall over the line.
For Lee, sorry we never went for one last pint.