A HOSPITAL IT technician has been training for more than nine months in preparation for the annual British 10k run.
Mushtaq Hussain, of Cornwall Road, Harrow, will be taking part in one of the biggest races in the British 10k event on Sunday, July 14, to help raise money for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which funds clinical research and healthcare studies.
The 37-year-old works for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as a technical support manager in the ICT department at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and is looking forward to the big day.
He said: “The charity is a great cause and being able to see the benefits the charity’s efforts brings to patients and staff alike is important to me.
“I haven’t run an official 10k race before, although I have been running for the last nine months to keep fit. I am looking forward to experiencing a big race atmosphere and I am hoping it drives me on to get in a decent time and to take part in many more races in the future.
“Training for the race is going well. I run a few times a week, so I should be in good shape for the day.”
Mr Hussain said he hopes to run it in just under one hour.
He will be joining 25,000 other runners at the starting line in Hyde Park Corner, passing The Ritz hotel, St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before finishing at Whitehall.
To support Mr Hussain and help him beat his £250 fundraising target, donate to his Justgiving page: www.justgiving.com/Ali-Hussain.