Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has announced that he is taking part in this year’s English Half Marathon event on Sunday 16th September.
He will be running in the 10K race in memory of his mother who passed away earlier this year.
Faisal is raising money for local charities St Rocco’s Hospice and Care UK. He is a patron for both charities and has been a trustee for St. Rocco’s Hospice.
2018 will see the 10th Anniversary of the English Half Marathon, an event famous for its finish through Warrington’s iconic Golden Gates. The popular weekend of events in Warrington culminates on the Sunday with 10K and half marathon races.
The event attracts runners from across the country and this year includes entries from abroad.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“The English Half Marathon is a great event for Warrington attracting thousands of people from all over the country to the town. It gives us a fantastic chance to showcase what we have to offer locally and it is a real boost to the town’s economy.
“In 2016, as the Mayor of Warrington, I had the privilege of starting the race and now in 2018 I am thrilled to be joining the runners in the 10K. This is a tough personal challenge. This is the first race I have entered, and I have some way to go to improve my fitness, so I know it won’t be easy. But I am running in memory of my mother and for two fantastic local charities, which I know will spur me on to go the distance. My personal goal is raise £10,000 for running the 10K.
“My chosen charities are; St Rocco’s Hospice, a very well-respected charity, which provides end of life care for those with terminal or life-limiting conditions. I know just how crucial hospice support is when a loved one is nearing the end of their life. The care and support they provide patients and their families is brilliant. But they rely on community support to keep up their fantastic work. I hope my run will help highlight the work of the Hospice and raise money to help protect these crucial services.
“And Care UK, a charity which works with Warrington Foodbank closely, exchanging help when required, along with distributing items to local charities including helping the homeless and women’s shelter. The charity also supplies aid to refugees in Syria and Greece and assists Syrian refugees who have settled in the UK.
“I want to encourage local people to join me in taking part in the race – whether in memory of a loved one or to improve your fitness. Come and get involved. You won’t be disappointed.
“A big thank you to everyone who sponsors me. The money raised will go to the two very worthy local charities. All I need to do now is cross the finish line on 16th September. Wish me luck, I’ll need it!”