Rory runs for charity that helped his mum
A student from Hemel Hempstead took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, after the charity supported his family.
Rory O’Reilly, aged 21, who is a third-year geography student at Plymouth University, was cheered on by his mum, Sara Brooks, who was helped by Macmillan when she was treated for cancer at UCH in London.
Rory, who attended Cavendish School, completed the 13.1-mile course in a time of one hour 49 minutes.
Rory, who will be beginning a masters degree in planning next year, said: “I decided to run the Plymouth Half Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support because the work this charity undertakes is crucial for both those living with cancer and their loved ones.
“This charity is very close to the hearts of me and my family after my mum was diagnosed with a Ewing sarcoma in her left leg on the day of my 17th birthday in 2011.
“Macmillan provided endless care and support to my mum and my family throughout the diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.
“I will be eternally grateful for the support that Macmillan provided and now it’s time to give a little back.
Rory has already beaten his fundraising target and has so far raised £850, but hopes to exceed this amount.
To support Rory, see www.justgiving.com/Rory-OReilly