A DEVOTED wife is preparing for the challenge of her life in memory of her husband.
Hannah Hargrave is taking on a 13-mile run through London to raise awareness of the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – following the death of her husband David, 36.
The father-of-three was cycling home from work at John Lewis, Newcastle, when the underlying condition he suffered from caused his heart to stop suddenly on October 17, 2011.
Now wife Hannah, 37, a nurse at Houghton Medical Group, wants to honour his memory by tackling the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on October 6.
She will be joined by sister Bethany Callaghan, 28, and brother-in-law Chris Callaghan, 29, who lived in Roker until they moved to Essex last year.
“I was just starting to get back into exercising after having the three kids when David died,” she said. “And it took a while to get back into it again after he died.
“I was just getting my head around things and making sure the kids were OK, but I thought I’ll have to do something.
“I was talking to my sister about it around Christmas time and she suggested the half marathon.”
Hannah, of Ashbrooke, started training around a tight schedule of work and school runs in January, and has just completed her first eight-mile run.
“It’s going alright,” she said. “I’m nervous – 13 miles seems a long way off – but there’s still a while to go yet.”
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon route takes runners through Hyde Park, Green Park and past the Houses of Parliament.
Hannah, originally from Essex, said the family picked the run for babysitting reasons.
“My sister and her husband live down there so their children can be looked after while we’re running, and my parents still live in Essex so they can take care of my kids.
“I think I will get emotional on the day, but it will definitely make it easier having my sister and brother-in-law there with me. Chris was very good friends with David – they climbed Mount Kenya together.”
Hannah wants to raise £750 for CRY from the run, but more importantly hopes to highlight the charity’s work.