Parents’ cancer battle inspires marathon run

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INSPIRED by her parents’ fight against cancer, an Axarquia woman has decided to run Sunday’s Barcelona marathon to raise cash for research into the disease.

Laura Smith has never run a marathon before, and in her own words had ‘never really been active at all’.

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But her parents’ fight against cancer has made her determined to give something back to charities dedicated to the disease as well as other worthy causes.

Laura said: “I have lived in Spain for 10 years. My parents live in the UK and unfortunately both were diagnosed with cancer last year. On a positive note, they are both recovering well.” 

Laura added: “I decided I wanted to challenge myself and as my father had run three London marathons, I decided to train for one, and chose Barcelona for my first race.”


In a heart-warming show of support, friends of Laura decided to rally round to help her fulfil her goal.

Laura said: “Gradually friends started to join me and now there are five of us in total: myself, Laura Smith, Rose Lock, Michelle Leach, Rachel Langley and Sally Parkinson (pictured).


“We have all been training for several months. I started in September 2013.”  

The charities being supported by the team are: Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund; Down’s Syndrome Association; Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research,  and Parkinson’s.

To sponsor the ladies visit:  https://www.justgiving.com/teams/barcelonamarathon2014

After the event, there will be a celebration Charity Night at Bar Hideaway in La Herradura on March 22.




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