A man from Southampton will run 10 miles at the Simplyhealth Great South Run in memory of his nephew.
47-year-old Gary Prebble will use his run to honour the memory of his nephew who tragically passed away last year and to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Gary’s nephew, Jack Prebble, was involved in a road accident when he was 18-years-old.
Jack was training to be a mechanical engineer in the Army. He came home on leave after recently passing out in the Army and went for a ride on his motorcycle.
Unfortunately, he lost control of his bike, went into a ditch and hit a tree. He sadly died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Gary said: “Jack was a cheeky lad that lived life to the full. He decided to join the Army and was training to be a mechanical engineer. He often did things within the army like the 30 day press up challenge.
“He liked to donate to Help for Heroes, which is why I chose them as my charity.
“Jack was only 18-years-old and passed away just a year ago so dealing with the loss is not something we are coping with very well.”
Gary decided to take part in the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday 21 October to honour the memory of his nephew and to raise funds for a charity that was close to him.
Help For Heroes is the leading charity for the armed forces community. They help serving members of the Armed Forces, but also ex-servicemen and women and their families. The charity provides physical and emotional rehabilitation and recovery, helps identify new career opportunities and offers financial and welfare support.
He added: “My nephew was in the army so I wanted to do something for him that was going to take grit and determination to achieve as he probably did most days within the Army.
“I am not a runner and wanted a challenge so I took park in 5k run last December in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and felt like it was going to kill me.
“I enjoy spending time at the gym and started running on beach so I’m building up the distance and I’m very determined to do it.”
Gary will be joined by 20,000 other runners at the Simplyhealth Great South Run in Portsmouth, which celebrates the historic and iconic sites of the city across a virtually flat 10 mile course, including the Historic Dockyard and Spinnaker Tower.
The weekend also includes the Simplyhealth Great South 5k and the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great South Run, taking place the day before on Saturday 20 October.
For more information about the Simplyhealth Great South Run and to enter, visit: Greatrun.org/South