A LEEDS mum is putting her best foot forward in one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges – and is calling on local runners to join her.
Beverley Firth, 36, from Garforth, will tackle the London Marathon on April 26 for Cancer Research UK.
The mum-of-two is encouraging anyone who has already secured a place in the 26.2-mile event to join the charity’s team and raise money for life-saving research.
Beverley, who is a member of the Crossgates Harriers and the Sweatshop Running Club at Xscape, said: “The London Marathon is one of the most exciting running events in the world.
“Pounding the pavements has definitely been challenging at times but it’s so motivating to know that the money I raise will help to save lives.”
Charity ambassador Beverley has also been spearheading a year-long fundraising campaign which saw her complete 12 half marathons last year, raising £4,000.
She added: “It’s all about strength in numbers.
“Cancer’s big. But united we’re bigger. So I hope as many people as possible will join me on the starting line.
“Every step we take will bring Cancer Research UK a step closer to beating cancer sooner – that’s what will keep me going.”
Beverley first started fundraising for Cancer Research UK in memory of her grandfather Silas Naylor, who died aged 79 from liver cancer in 2012.
Silas was treated at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, where his daughter – Beverley’s mum, Tina Dixon - works as a personal assistant for cancer doctor Dr Alan Anthoney.
Dr Anthoney has been involved in the early development of two new drugs through Cancer Research UK-sponsored trials.
To join the charity’s London Marathon team, visit cruk.org/marathon.