UckfieldFM’s Saturday sports presenter, David Eggleston, is taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday.
David is used to reporting on sporting action but this time it’s his turn to be involved in a national event by joining 60,000 runners who begin their race across the iconic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.
David said: “I’ve run about ten full marathons and umpteen half marathons but I’ve done nothing at this distance since 2001. But I’ve got the strongest motive for wanting to do well. This race is nothing compared to the journey my family and I endured as we watched Alzheimer’s cruelly take its grip on my father.
“After a long struggle, he died from the disease almost exactly four years ago. I’m running on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society so they can help the tens of thousands of people who are going through the same journey every day.”
David explained that he had hoped to take part in the run last year but at that time he was working as an Olympic Gamesmaker. So since April this year he’s been building up to the half marathon distance with road runs around his home in Lindfield, West Sussex.
He laughed: “It’s very tempting to get home from work, sink into an armchair and just watch TV but I’ve made myself get out there. I know from experience how important it is to tackle the longer distances - ten and 11 miles - at weekends.”
He continued: “I’m really gutted that my chances of winning the Great North Run have been marginally reduced now that Mo Farah has decided to run!
“Seriously, when I ran before I was motivated by times, but although I’d like to do the race in under two hours I just want to get round and enjoy the experience of the world’s biggest half-marathon. It’s also good to know I’m helping to raise funds for a cause that is obviously close to my heart. I’m aiming for a target of about £750 and so far I am about half way there .”
David works as a charity fundraiser for St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, which draws patients from across Sussex. He said he thoroughly enjoys his sports reporting on radio. where he presents the Saturday show.
The footballer Robbie Savage, famous for his long hair and star performance on Strictly come Dancing, is also running on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, having lost his own father to the disease. David hopes to meet him in the charity’s tent He added: “Robbie used to play for Leicester City which is the team I supported.”
To sponsor David visit: www.justgiving.com/DavidE-GNR.