Super Bev leads the Leeds runners tackling the Virgin Giving London Marathon

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A caped charity crusader is set to tackle the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of dozens of people affected by cancer.

Beverley Firth, who lives in Garforth, is planning to run the 26.2mile event wearing a special cape bearing the names and photos of more than 30 people hit by the disease.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

The 37-year-old started raising money for Cancer Research UK last year, inspired by the loss of her grandfather Silas Naylor to liver cancer in 2012, and has generated nearly £5,500 so far.

She said: “It’s about strength in numbers and with all these photos of people I know and love with me I couldn’t wish for a better running team. Cancer’s big, but united we’re bigger.”

The mum-of-two is one of dozens of West Yorkshire locals travelling to London to fundraise and run the iconic race with 40,000 competitors.

Leeds resident Amy Hodges will run as part of an 80-strong team tackling the route in aid of the Samaritans charity, while Leeds broadcast journalist Joe Townsend, who was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, will support Epilepsy Action.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

Martin Crick, from Monk Fryston, will run for the Mind charity alongside his two brothers in memory of their eldest brother Paul, who died last year following issues with his mental health and addiction.

Martin, 43, said: “Hopefully, by doing this run, we can help Mind to help others because we know the right care and support can be life changing.”

Wakefield student Victoria Jeffery, 20, will support Action on Hearing Loss, while Leeds receptionist Lisa Wright will run dressed as the Queen of Hearts for cholesterol charity HEART UK.

To donate to Victoria, Lisa or Joe’s fundraising pages visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search their names, or to support Beverley or Amy search for them at www.justgiving.com.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

Bev Firth, 37, of Garforth, Leeds, is running the London Marathon for the first time and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Picture by James Hardisty.

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