RUNS of a different kind have been occupying cricket umpire Narayanan Subramanian as he prepares for the looming Torbay Half-Marathon.
Subramanian, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Torbay Hospital, has been training hard for the half-marathon.
He started training in December and has already run a race in Bideford as part of his build up.
Sunday’s big race from Paignton Green to Torquay Pavilion and back again twice attracts around 2,500 runners.
Many are running for charity or good causes, including Subramanian (pictured), who is hoping to raise as much as he can for the British Liver Trust.
Subramanian lost his father last year to liver disease, which has inspired him to start running again after a break of more than 20 years.
So far pledges of more than £800 have been made, but there is no upper limit to Subramanian target.
"My father had been a life-long teetotaller and never had any infections," said Subramanian.
"He suddenly went into coma and investigations revealed liver failure.
"We were very close and I wanted to do something in his memory that could benefit the wider community.
"Raising money for British Liver Trust seemed the obvious thing to do and as there was an event happening in my door step, it seemed even more sensible that I run the Torbay Half to raise money for this charity.
"I have done some fund raising in the past for the RNIB and the Prostate Cancer Charity but that did not involve much moving!"
Friends, colleagues and the wide cricket community have all chipped in with donations via Subramanian’s web page at www.justgiving.com/VNS