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A JOURNALIST is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a blood cancer charity by running a half-marathon in memory of a late friend and colleague.

David Parker, 28, will run the Newark Half-marathon on Sunday, August 11, in memory of former Advertiser sports reporter Warwick Lane, who died last year at the age of 25.

Warwick, who died just weeks after a second leukaemia diagnosis, launched a campaign from his hospital bed, called Warwick’s Warriors, to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the stem cell register via Anthony Nolan.

Warwick Lane and David Parker (12884295)
Warwick Lane and David Parker (12884295)

David, who worked with Warwick at the Newark Advertiser, is hoping to raise £400 for Anthony Nolan ­— enough to get another ten stem cell donors on the register.

He has already reached his initial target of £250 thanks to the support of family, friends and colleagues.

David said he had been inspired to take up the running challenge by Warwick’s fundraising and campaigning before his death.

He said: “I and many others admired Rick’s charity work, much of which was done when he was fighting his illness, and this is what ultimately inspired me to get my running boots on.

“My initial aim was to raise £250, which would have been enough to get six more donors on the stem cell register.

“But thanks to the incredible support I have had so far I have already reached that target - so now I am aiming for £480.

David Parker in training (12884297)
David Parker in training (12884297)

“Rick never underwent his stem cell transplant but he knew how important it was to get as many people as possible signed up to the register.”

David, who is from Newark, but now lives in Sheffield, will be running the half-marathon in a running shirt bearing Warwick’s fundraising slogan, #warwickswarriors.

David only took up running as a hobby last summer and this will be his first half-marathon.

He said: “I am halfway through a 12-week training programme which involves four runs a week.

“It gradually builds up the distances over time but then tapers off in the lead-up to race day.

“Sheffield is a lot hillier than Newark so the hardest thing has been finding running routes which aren't too undulating.

“But it’s all great preparation for what should be a fun, and probably quite emotional, race.

"And if it gets a few more people signed up as stem cell donors, even better."

To donate to David’s campaign, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidparker56



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