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Adam Warke has always enjoyed running, however, it’s the money he helps raise for charities that helps drive him on to complete full and half marathons.
This year had added significance for 50-year old Adam, who completed the Belfast half marathon for the Alzheimer’s Society in 1 hour 57 minutes, as his grandmother suffered from the progressive illness.
Adam, an employee at Moores of Coleraine has competed in a number of similar events over the years for the company’s chosen charities.
“I started getting into running in my third or fourth year at school and haven’t stopped since,” said Adam. “I would have run up to Downhill or Binevenagh mountain and someone suggested I did a marathon so I thought why not.
“The marathon end of things has all been done through Moores. They pick a charity every year and then they send out an email asking if anyone wants to take part.
“In 2018 I did the full marathon for the Cancer Fund for Children and I did the half marathon the same year.
“I did the full marathon again in 2019 for Chest, Heart & Stroke and then the pandemic hit so there were no events held.
“I really missed having the focus of training towards the marathon and half marathon because it affected my time a bit so I was delighted to run this year for the Alzheimer’s Society.”
Training for a marathon or half marathon requires commitment and dedication, something Adam definitely has.
“I can comfortably run for five or six miles,” he continued. “It’s amazing the difference the extra to make it to 13 miles can take out of you. This year, after mile 6 I noticed the fatigue starting to come in but that’s probably because I wouldn’t have got out as much as I would like over the last couple of years.
“At the end of the day it’s all about the charity. Charity first, finishing second and it doesn’t matter what time you get.”
Helping raise vital funds for the different Moores charities is what drives Adam on.
“My first half marathon was the hardest for me because I took a thing called bursitis in my hip and I was in agony.
“It started when I was at mile one and I asked someone what should I do and they said pull out. I was running for Cancer Fund for Children and straight away I thought there is no way I can do that. When you think about what those kids have to go through, there is no way I’m going to pull out despite having another 12 miles to go.”
Adam has extended his thanks to family, friends and colleagues in Moores for their support and encouragement during his latest half marathon and he hasn’t ruled out taking on any more ‘marathon’ challenges.
“It’s special being able to help charities in this way,” concluded Adam. “Running is something I enjoy so if I can use it to benefit others why not.”