Little star spurs on marathon run for Rugby estate agent

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A RUGBY estate agent will be thinking of his brave little nephew when he takes on the challenge of running a half marathon in his memory.

Mike Cruickshank, 29, who works for Newmans, will be running the Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday, May 8.

He will run alongside his sister Lynday’s fiance, Rich Bull, as they attempt to raise £2,500 for the premature baby charity Bliss.

Mike’s nephew Joshua was born 14 weeks early on July 16 last year, weighing just 2.2lb.

Joshua battled for his life for 15 days but he was too poorly to survive and died on July 31, leaving the family devastated.

Mike, who lives in Crick, said: “Bliss means a lot to me and will always be a charity close to my heart. To see what Lyndsay and Rich went through - well, words can’t explain it.

“Joshua will always, in my eyes, be remembered as a little fighter who went through so much pain in such a short time, so when I’m running the marathon that will be in the back of my head.”

He added: “Lyndsay and Rich are an amazing couple who have been through a lot together. They are getting married later this year in July and I wish them all the very best and a happy and healthy life together.”

Mike and Rich will join hundreds of others in the 13.1 mile race in and around Stratford.

Mike, who has never taken part in a marathon before, said: “I am looking forward to it but I’m slightly nervous as well.”

To make a donation to Bliss visit www.bliss.tributefunds.com and search for Joshua Cruickshank.

Alternatively cheques, made payable to Bliss, can be sent to Alice Dyer at the Rugby Advertiser, 2 Albert Street, Rugby.