Fenland Running Club member Stewart inspired by late mother as he prepares for first London Marathon

Nicola Heard of Holiday With Us, Stewart Harrison and voucher winner Ian King.

Nicola Heard of Holiday With Us, Stewart Harrison and voucher winner Ian King. - Credit: Archant

A running club member is taking on his first London Marathon in memory of his late mother.

Stewart Harrison, of Fenland Running Club, lost his mother Carole to lung cancer in 2011. He is running for Roy Castle’s Lung Cancer Foundation.

Mr Harrison has put on a series of events to help him with his fundraising - 36 players took part in a charity golf day at Tydd St Giles, raising more than £1,000 (which was matched by Barclay’s), while a Valentine’s Disco raised £250.

Local businesses have been doing their bit to help - Holiday With Us donated a £150 voucher as a top raffle prize.

A cake sale at Fenland Running club brought in £150, with a meal night at the Red Lion adding £70 to the total.

Mr Harrison has set up a charity football team, Roy’s Rovers, which took on Macmillan FC. The game was a 5-4 thriller and the Macmillan players donated their subs money, raising £145.

Mr Harrison’s fundraising efforts now stand at more than £2,500 - and he hopes this total will grow.

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He said: “I’m ecstatic that I have surpassed my target amount of £1,900 set out by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

“This is a huge relief, as at the start I was uncertain wether I could raise that amount.

“My training has gone brilliantly, every week I’ve been able to get more than 40 miles in.

“I need to thank the members and coaches at Fenland Running Club for all their support, advice and training. It has been invaluable to my efforts and in helping me reach my target of less than three hours 30 minutes.

“I would have never been able to of raise the sponsor money alone. Special thanks to my family, Tracey Oakley, Shaun Oakley, Bethany Oakley, Paul Harrison, Kirstie Harrison, Lola Harrison and Noah Harrison.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/Stewart-Harrison3