A musician from South Tyneside is tuning up for the Great North Run - to raise funds for a Trust created to celebrate the lives of a much-loved couple.
Jack Errington has never taken part in the 13.1 mile event and says he has no idea what’s in store.
But the 19-year-old is determined to finish the Newcastle to South Shields half marathon in honour of his best friend Liam Curry and his girlfriend Chloe Rutherford, who were killed in the Manchester bomb attack in May.
In doing so, Jack also hopes to raise at least £300 for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust created in celebration of their lives.
The Trust has been set up by the couple’s families to support those who have a passion in performance or sport, to nurture their talents through the help of bursaries.
The families are keen to help inspiring performers or sportspeople to fulfil their potential - Chloe, 17, who had a gift for performing, and Liam, 19, was a talented cricketer.
I know Liam will be laughing at me doing the runJack Errington
Jack, a member of band Call on Sunday, admits running is not his strong point and, if Liam was still with him now, he would be laughing at him and telling him he wasn’t fit enough.
That is something Jack wholeheartedly agrees with but he’s aiming to give it his best shot anyway hoping his best mate and his girlfriend will keep him inspired to push him over the finishing line.
He said: “I was asked if I would run the Great North Run and raise money for the Trust by Liam’s family. I said I would raise money for it and I’d do it but doubt I’d be running it.
“We both went to St Wilfrid’s and went through school together. He even roped me into playing cricket.
“I know Liam will be laughing at me doing the run. If he was here right now, he’d be telling me I was too fat and couldn’t do it, and that I wasn’t fit enough.
“He’d be telling me not to do it because I’d only make a fool of myself - but I know he would be behind me supporting me.
“I’ll be carrying the memories of Chloe and Liam with me, they will definitely get me over the finish line 100%.
“I think it’s amazing what the families are doing, despite what’s happened.
“The Trust is important. I wouldn’t be running or attempting the Great North Run for any other reason.”
To sponsor Jack visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jack-errington-1