A mum from Eastbourne will be pounding the streets of London next month in memory of her husband.
Helen Truman has been busy preparing for the marathon challenge which will see her raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, Macmillan and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The day will be a poignant one for the 46-year-old as she will be running in memory of her late husband Paul and to raise funds for charities close to her heart. Paul, a keen runner himself, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2011 and underwent a series of operations but died in July last year, aged 47. However, Helen says despite the diagnosis, he continued to run after having radiotherapy and chemotherapy and two weeks after having major brain surgery was on the sidelines to cheer his wife on when she finished a 10k charity event.
The mum-of-three, who was inspired to tackle the London Marathon after watching eldest son Oliver take part in last year’s Eastbourne Half Marathon, was diagnosed with cancer herself in September 2012. The Bowood Avenue resident was told she had breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Helen was undergoing chemotherapy when she and Oliver decided to enter the London Marathon. Only Helen secured a place and she has been busy training for the challenge after finding out she was successful in October.
Helen, who ran the Eastbourne Half Marathon in March, said of Paul, “He was a great man my soulmate. We met almost 30 years ago and were married 26 years before he passed away.
“Paul was always a positive man and if something good can be made of a bad situation - he was your man.”
The running bug seems to have been picked up by second son Charlie, 17, as he also completed the Eastbourne Half Marathon this year. Helen, who will be cheered on by friends and family when she heads to the city next month, is hoping to complete the 26.2 mile event in six hours.
Helen, who also has daughter Georgia, 12, said, “My training has gradually built up and I’ve been doing five/six mile short mid week runs with longer runs at the weekend, plus I do a spin class twice a week and swimming.
“I feel I’m running this for Paul.”
To sponsor Helen go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HelenTruman