A RUNNER is planning to take on this weekend’s London Marathon in aid of a mother who is dying from cancer.

As the Argus previously reported, Dawn Wilson believed she was in remission from breast cancer up until three weeks ago when she discovered a lump.

“I went straight to hospital and was told it had returned and is incurable,” she added.

Mike Yearsley, who lives in Bassaleg, said he was running the 26.2 mile race in her honour.

“I was the best man at Dawn’s wedding and I’m a friend,” said the 35-year-old.

“I spoke with Dawn and she said that any money raised should be donated to Velindre because what they do is amazing.

“I’ve raised £1,611.00, when my original target was £500.”

Other Gwent residents are also taking on the mammoth challenge.

Kay Dixon, 45, works in the finance department for Argus parent company Newsquest.

She said: “I am looking forward to it.”

Deb Bowen, who completed a challenge equivalent to four marathons in four days earlier this year, will be running with Mrs Dixon.

The 36-year-old said: “I’m doing it because my dad wanted me to.

“I’ll be running in aid of Tenovus Cancer Care.”

Dave Bland, who is chief executive officer of Newport Mind, and his daughter, Seren Pritchard-Bland, will also join hundreds of others.

Mr Bland said: “I hope that by raising funds for our charity partner Heads Together I can play my part in ending stigma around mental health once and for all.”

Alan Leach, meanwhile, who works in the planning department of the South Wales Argus, is running the marathon for St David’s Hospice.

“My friends and family who have had first hand experience of St David’s told me it’s a good charity to donate to,” he said. “I turn 50 this year so that’s another reason why I’m doing it.”

If you’re running the marathon, send us a picture with your medal on Sunday to newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk