Julian & Cheryl Moorhouse
Despite being a successful national athlete Julian Moorhouse is the owner of Epworth based business Metres to Miles, through which he organised the 2013 1 mile run that Anna Verrico and all her supporters took part in as Anna was unable to later run the half marathon of the same day. Julian’s wife Cheryl is an integral part of the July 2014 charity ball organising committee which she fits around supporting Julian’s business and being Account Director at retail focused design agency Live & Breathe.
'You meet some interesting people working in retail – particularly in a running wear shop which involves fitting people for training shoes. We regularly have a laugh with customers as they take a run in a few pairs of shoes to try out how they work for them.
I first met the Verricos in store – from memory Paul came in to buy some shoes and Anna came along too. Anna came in store later, familiar with the fitting process and was revved up for a run on the treadmill. Oh –Anna was ready – she wacked the treadmill up to a speed Jessica Ennis might have run at! Then confidently announced she was a former multi-events county athlete. We knew quickly what type of shoes she required - Built for speed!
I didn’t get to know the Verricos that well –apart from when Paul came in store, but I did see the family regularly out and about in the village to say hello to. And a lovely, friendly and happy family too.
I was shocked when Paul informed me Anna had been ill – but was in remission and ready to take on the Isle of Axholme Half Marathon. It was great to see the family and friends at the Normanby Hall Womens 5k a few weeks later. What a strong family, getting on and building a future again.
I was very sad one Saturday when Paul came in to store a few weeks before the Half Marathon to inform me Anna was ill again, but as determined as ever to run. We got together when circumstances meant that even ‘tough Anna’ wasn’t going to be able to make the start line for the half. The Fun Run was organised and to this day I don’t know how she managed to summon up the strength to get around that course. But it was great to see local support for Anna and her family. Something really great started that morning.
I’m sure lots of people who got to know Anna were effected by her untimely death. I regularly think about Anna, Paul and the children and particularly when I’m moaning about something really so trivial, worrying about something or trying to encourage some of the runners I coach. Team Verrico to me means determination, focus, drive, optimism and LIFE. Anna lives on in the hearts of so many people who got to know her, and coming together as Team Verrico is the natural way to ensure her legacy continues for her and her family and long into the future.'
Phil Crosbie is part of team planning the Team Verrico summer launch ball on the 19th July 2014 and will be hosting the evening with his colleague Anna Lundy.
'I met Anna once under “normal” circumstances. I remember it vividly as it involved food; spaghetti bolognaise. I really admired Anna and the way that she played along with Paul’s idea of being Italian. The spaghetti bolognaise was good and I most likely had a second helping.
Whilst not knowing Anna very well, I saw the other half of the story sitting opposite Paul for around five years. I remember the days that Paul supported Anna as they went for tests, I remember being put on loudspeaker as they drove back from the hospital and I remember sitting opposite an empty chair for a long time. Paul and Anna did everything possible to give themselves the best opportunity of winning their battle whilst also looking after two children and creating the foundations for Team Verrico. If anything positive could come out of the past year, then this is it.
I have very few skills other than telling bad jokes and pretending to be a bodybuilder. I therefore decided to enter a bodybuilding competition in November 2013 (in my defence I was raising money for Anna's fighting fund at the time). I found myself stood on stage in Hayes in a posing pouch in front of 300 people on a Sunday night. I had asked Anna and Paul for some help in choosing posing music and was delighted with Anna's choice selection of LMFAO’s ‘sexy and I know it’. If I was ever concerned about having to stand in my pants in front of strangers, covered in fake tan and baby oil, that paled in comparison to posing to the lyrics “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeh, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeh, yeh”.
Another contest beckons in September 2014 in Leeds, but before then I have the honour of co-presenting the Launch Ball in July. It would be great if we could fill the Baths Hall with the community that has supported the Verricos and everyone else who fancies doing something worthwhile (whilst also getting fed - key priority).
I will lay on the bad jokes and, if they fail, I’ll resort to my other skill….'