A KIDDERMINSTER grandson hit the ground running to raise more than £700 for a diabetes charity which is helping his grandfather, who suffers from the disease.
Adam Stock, 20, ran the BT Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Half-Marathon to raise money for Diabetes UK. His grandad Brian Spittle lives with type one diabetes and also does a lot of work for the charity in Wyre Forest.
Mr Stock trained for about two months and crossed the finish line, 13.1 miles away, after one hour and 43 minutes. His fundraising consisted of online donations raised through facebook and twitter and collections at work. He was aiming to raise £100 but has so far collected more than £700.
He said: "I decided to raise money for Diabetes UK and specifically the Kidderminster area because of my granddad, so it was a charity already close to my heard. One of my close friends has also very recently been diagnosed with type one diabetes and is currently learning how to deal with it, as is her family. I know she appreciates my support so I'm glad I can do stuff like this to help her out."
Mr Stock said he ran the Worcester Half-Marathon to prepare himself and set targets as well as running to and from work and completing extra cardio at the gym to get his fitness levels up to par. He admitted being "excited but nervous" as he approached the starting line.
"The run was beautiful, starting at the Echo Arena, taking us through the centre of Liverpool, its picturesque parks and ending along the River Mersey - it was hard not to just stop and take in the views," he added.
"An overly celebratory sprint to the finish line gave me a finishing time I am very proud of. I was immediately handed my finisher's medal and picked up my t-shirt to join my friend."
"That atmosphere in the morning was excellent, with a huge turnout and live music and DJs."
He said he wanted to raise more money for Diabetes UK and was hoping to enter more races and bigger challenges. "My support for the charity will be continuous as they are an amazing charity and do wonderful work," he said.