I am sure some of you are aware that around 4 years ago I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism initially and, as a result of radiotherapy, it flipped to hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a common condition where the thyroid doesn't create and release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This makes your metabolism slow down. Also called underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism can make you feel tired, gain weight and be unable to tolerate cold temperatures amongst other symptoms.

Since then my sister-in-law has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and, as a result of having her thyroid removed, she too has hypothyroidism.

Six months after that my wife was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and she has had half of her thyroid removed, but luckily does not have any other symptoms as the half that remains is working hard to maintain her thyroxine levels at a normal level.

As you can imagine this has affected our family quite a bit and I thought it is a worthwhile cause to get some funding for the British Thyroid Foundation.

It will be my first GNR but I am very much looking forward to the challenge.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated.

Matthew Moore