Avril, 68, says husband’s her inspiration

Avril Smith, 68 is running the Great North Run.
Avril Smith, 68 is running the Great North Run.

A 68-year-old whose husband is being treated for cancer said she is determined to complete the Great North Run for the charity which helps people like Peter.

Stainland Lions runner Avril Smith, of Holywell Green, is competing in the half marathon on September 7 and is raising money for a charity close to her heart - Cancer Research UK - after her husband was diagnosed with the illness in 2009.

Peter was told he had a tumour on his kidney but after removal he was given the ‘all clear.’ But, cancer has returned to his liver and lungs and this week, Mr Smith, 74, was in Calderdale Royal Hospital receiving treatment.

“It makes me even more determined to travel to Newcastle and run in the half marathon with 28 other Stainland Lion runners.

“I am extremely sad Pete won’t be there to cheer me on near the finish line as that’s what we’d planned and what he’s done in the past. But, Peter will be my inspiration on the day,” said Avril who started running at the age of 58.

Avril also hopes Peter will be able to return home on Sunday where he will be more comfortable.

Avril says she has been running up to eight-miles in preparation for Sunday’s 13.2-mile race.

Avril says Cancer Research UK is a charity close to her heart as she has known people who have died to cancer through her role as a driver for Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Aside from sponsorship, Avril has raised £200 for her chosen charity by holding a Rock and Roll night at Heath Rugby Club, West Vale.

To sponor Avril go online to justgiving.co.uk/avril-smith3