Carron’s Anthony is taking on big challenge 
in memory of dad

Anthony Shek will complete 12 challenges in 12 months
Anthony Shek will complete 12 challenges in 12 months

Anthony Shek will take on 12 challenges in 12 months in a bid to raise £12,000 in memory of his dad.

Anthony (26) from Carron lost dad Joe in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Now he wants to give to Cancer Research UK with his year-long challenge.

Anthony, a documents manager with Standard Life in Edinburgh, said: “Losing my dad was the single hardest thing my family has had to go through.

“I’d love a cure to be found so no one else has to go through this horrible battle.”

The fitness fanatic has already completed four challenges, including a Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle, a 13.1 km run and he will race in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run tomorrow (Sunday).

Later this year, Anthony, who ran the Wing Wah Chinese takeaway with Joe, mum Carol and sisters June and Susanna, will complete a half marathon, climb Ben Nevis and do the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest challenge in October.

He ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon in 2012 for Cancer Research and fundraised last year too. But after mentioning to a colleague he wanted to do still more, she came up with the 12 challenges in 12 months.

“I thought it was a great idea but in reality it’s been harder than I imagined. I’m having problems with my knee and just organising things takes up a lot of time.

“I was sporty at school but once I started working, fell out of training. After work you just want to chill out, not run in the rain. But knowing people are sponsoring me is really spurring me on. I want to raise as much as possible in memory of my dad.”

Anthony has roped in friends to take part in the challenges and raise money too.

To sponsor him, visit