A SON is going to great lengths to honour his father.
Robert Anderson will take part in Sunderland’s first Miles For Men 5K fun run this weekend.
The men-only run, which will grace Wearside thanks to a partnership with event company Sunderland Live, aims to raise money for cancer charities.
Founded in 2012, the charity run was set up by Michael Day, from Hartlepool, following his father’s death from throat cancer in 2007.
So far, the events have raised £85,000 for various causes.
On Sunday, Miles For Men will come to Herrington Country Park for the first time.
Robert, 31, of High Barnes, is taking on the challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his father, John Anderson, who died of bowel cancer in February.
The 63-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in June last year, and died just eight months later.
Robert, who works for Royal Mail at Doxford Park, said he decided to try to raise money because of how he saw the cancer affect his father.
“His personality completely changed,” he said.
“He went from being quite happy-go-lucky and having a good sense of humour, to being much quieter and serious.
“He wasn’t like my dad any more.”
Robert, who said he hasn’t exercised for about 15 years, said he is enjoying the challenge.
“I have been trying to train,” he said.
“I’m surprising myself how much I’m enjoying it, to be honest. I can run up to 5K comfortably at the minute.
“My family and friends are over the moon I am doing it.”
Robert’s mother, Anne Anderson, 67, who also has a daughter called Stella Anderson, 34, has been helping to raise money towards his cause.
So far the amateur runner has collected about £400, and would like to raise another £100.
l To donate to Robert’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Bobby-Anderson270250.
l To sign up, log on to www.milesformen.co.uk