A Royal Air Force aircraft engineer is running five kilometres every day in November to pay tribute to his late brother.
Corporal Michael Hard started his challenge on November 1, 2020, to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research Charity, after his brother Anthony died from a brain tumour in 2015.
Michael wanted to do something to mark the fifth anniversary of Anthony’s passing and so took on this running challenge. He said:
“When I’m out running its normally when my thoughts go towards Anthony, especially this time of year.”
Both brothers served in Afghanistan, which is where Anthony first became ill while on Operation Herrick in 2011.
Michael started his challenge running around where he lives in Newport and then in Brize Norton where he is based.
However, someone he was in contact with tested positive for COVID-19, so Michael has been self-isolating. Instead of stopping his challenge, he has been running up and down his garden. He said:
“I just keep running up and down until my watch pings and says I’ve done 5k.”
He originally set a £500 fundraising target, which he has now surpassed. The current total is £1,700.
Running is not something Michael enjoys, as he explained to BFBS Radio broadcaster Alex Gill. He does it as a necessity to keep fit.
Picture credit: Corporal Michael Hard and his family
Although not a running fan, Michael has taken on a few marathons to support the Brain Tumour Research. He was very close to his brother and explained that when he lacks motivation he thinks about Anthony. He said:
“When I’m out running and struggling to get along, it puts it all into perspective, and gives me that extra push.”
Michael’s last run will be on November 27, the fifth anniversary of Anthony’s death.
Support can still be given and his fundraising page can be found here.