FAMILIES of Sunderland heroes killed in the line of duty are aiming to complete the city’s 10k run in memory of their children.
The relatives have joined forces for the race to be held next month.
Yesterday they took their starting positions where a new memorial wall to their fallen children is due to be erected, in front of Sunderland’s cenotaph in Burdon Road.
The fund-raisers will tackle the 10k course to help raise money for the memorial project.
It is hoped the granite wall, designed by Sunderland-based Fitz Architects, will officially open on Remembrance Day this year.
Made up of 20 plinths, it will bear the names of service personnel from Wearside who have been killed in active service since 1946.
Brothers in Arms’ Linda Fisken, the aunt of Marine Tony Evans, and Carla Cuthbertson, mum of Paratrooper Nathan Cuthbertson, have been training together.
Nathan, 19, and Tony, 20, both died in Afghanistan, in 2008.
Carla, 39, who is battling an ankle injury, said: “Even if I have to walk it I will just do it.
“After what’s happened to Linda and I, it’s made us realise that life is too short and you just have to grab every moment.
“We’ve jumped out of aeroplanes, done bike rides - we don’t want it to end.
“The people of the North East have been absolutely magnificent.”
Linda, 43, added: “My life has changed so much and some good has come out of it.
“The memorial wall is not just for us, but for everyone in the North East.”
The pair shared their views about the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Linda said: “It maybe the beginning of something good and the beginning of the end for a lot of people.”
Carla, who is also doing the run with husband Tom, added: “He is one of many and somebody will be ready to step into his shoes.
“I think they need to show the photographs (of his body) in a certain extent, but we are too scared because of respect and what would happen, but they did it to ours all the time.”
Fellow fund-raiser Janice Murray, whose son Private Michael Tench was killed in Iraq aged just 18, said: “Basically, I don’t think there will ever be justice.
“There is always going to be someone ready to step in his shoes.”
Also joining Brothers in Arms on the 10k race will be representatives from Fitz Architects, the charity’s solicitor and the official engraver for the wall.