Granny to run a marathon

Jacky Ford will be running in the London Marathon.
Jacky Ford will be running in the London Marathon.
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A GRAN of four will pound the streets of London to raise money in memory of her brother.

Jacky Ford, 61, from Holywell Green, only took up running in her early 50s but will tackle the 26-mile London Marathon this April.

She started off with the 5k Race for Life and progressed to longer runs.

Her first raised money for the British Heart Foundation but since then she has raised £3,505 for Kirkwood Hospice.

Jacky said: “I have always wanted to do the London Marathon and think this will be my last chance.”

Her brother David Oates died in 2003, aged 56, leaving behind daughter Nicola and three grandchildren.

He was admitted to the hospice suffering from prostate cancer over the August Bank Holiday and died just days later.

Jacky said her brother’s memory was her biggest inspiration.

“It’s not been easy. I am training hard because I know I have to do it. I have got plenty of motivation,” she said. “I cannot praise the hospice enough for what they did for my brother in the short time he was a patient there and for all other patients and relatives who find themselves in the same position,”

Her training regime is currently up to 20 miles each weekend and she is running up to five miles every other day.

She said she was not setting herself a time limit, but hopes to cross the finish line in six hours.

To sponsor Jacky visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackyford

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