Sheffield health manager who shed eight stone to take part in Great Yorkshire Run

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A spa and health club manager is set to run the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield to raise awareness of the rare blood disorder that claimed the life of his mum.

Phillip Harper, aged 41, from Charnock, is running the 10k on Sunday, September 27, to raise money for Aplastic Anaemia Trust, after his mum Valerie passed away from the disease thirteen years ago.

He said: “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, and it’s really kept me motivated.

“I needed this as a real driver, as getting out of bed at 5am to do a 7K run three times a week is tough.”

That’s not his only motivator, as Phillip has recently lost eight stone and wants to continue his healthy lifestyle.

He said: “In 2014 I set a target to lose some weight because I was finding it really hard to keep up with my eight-year-old son - I was out of breath just playing for ten minutes in the garden.”

He added: “My blood pressure was high and I needed medication to keep it under control.

“I was having physio on my knee and ankle due to years of weighing in at over 21 stone.”

He went on a healthy eating drive and joined a running club.

To sponsor Phillip log on to www.justgiving.com/Phillip Harper1.

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