Dad was officially diagnosed with Haemochromatosis about three years ago which for people unfamiliar with the genetic condition, is excessively high blood iron levels. Dad would attend hospital every two weeks to have some blood removed and this helped to bring down his iron levels over time (though by the time he passed away they were still really high).

Unfortunately high blood iron levels are a big risk factor for other complications, most notably liver disease, and in November 2019 Dad was diagnosed with liver cancer. His condition deteriorated quickly and before we knew it, Dad had passed away.

Dad was an incredibly caring person and a wonderful Dad for whom I owe so many happy memories and so much too.

The Great North Run (half marathon) is an opportunity to commemorate Dad's life in a part of the world where he saw me win an English Schools Athletics title and multiple medals. It feels very fitting that my first fund raising for my Dad and Haemochromatosis UK is in this part of the world.

Michael Baker