It’s the final countdown: Runners prepare for Sunday’s marathon

Tough: Caroline Medley has battled cancer three times.

Tough: Caroline Medley has battled cancer three times.

  • Caroline had beaten cancer three times
  • She’s running the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK
  • Accountant Sara will be running in aid of Epilepsy Action because her nephew suffers from the condition
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A mum who has beaten cancer three times will be running this weekend’s London Marathon to help in the search for a cure.

Caroline Medley was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1993, which was successfully treated with six months of chemotherapy and one month of radiotherapy.

Caroline is hoping to complete the marathon in under six hours.

Caroline is hoping to complete the marathon in under six hours.

She went on to have three sons - James, 18, Andrew, 14 and Oliver, 12.

But the radiotherapy treatment had increased her chances of developing breast and thyroid cancer and in 2006, Caroline underwent surgery in her battle against breast cancer.

The Bedford School teacher, who ran her first London Marathon in 2010, battled cancer once again in 2012 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was treated with six months of chemotherapy and cancer drugs.

Caroline started running again in April 2013 and all was going well until tests showed increased activity in her right thyroid gland.

It was removed in October that year and six months later determined Caroline ran the London Marathon, finishing in six hours and 54 minutes.

This time around she is hoping to do it in under six hours and is aiming to raise £100 per mile for Cancer Research UK.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Caroline-MedleyLondonMarathon2015
Also lacing up her running shoes on Sunday will be Cranfield woman Sara Bampton, who is raising money for Epilepsy Action.

The 39 year old accountant is running the marathon for the first time and chose the national charity because her nephew suffers from epilepsy.

She said: “James will be 10 this year and has had epilepsy since birth. He is currently waiting to see if he is eligible for an operation that would help to reduce his seizures.

“I just want to do what little I can to help. My sister Anne says she is very proud of me and can’t quite believe that I’m going to do it.”

She hopes to raise £2,000 for the good cause.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/sara-bampton2