Spurred on by the memory of her brother, an Enfield woman will be taking on the London marathon in aid of a brain charity.
Lynda Priddle, of Kenilworth Road, Enfield lost her brother, Stuart Rainbow to a brain tumour in December 2013 after he was diagnosed a year earlier.
Tomorrow would have been Mr Rainbow’s 50th birthday and Mrs Priddle spoke about the challenges she has faced since losing her brother.
She said: “I decided I was going to run the marathon last year but was not successful in the ballot so I wrote to a number of charities asking for a spot.
“The National Brain Appeal offered me a place, which I was very grateful for. It has been since he passed away but he has motivated me to do all the training runs in the rain and cold when I did not feel like carrying on.”
A health and safety officer and Enfield boy all his life, Stuart was described by his wife Silvia as a “healthy” and “happy” person.
She said: “He was lovely, one of the good guys and always willing to help anyone out with anything. His work has dedicated an award in his name which described the impact he had on a lot of peoples’ lives.”
Mrs Priddle, a member of Trent Park running club, will take on the 26.2mile course on April 13th and said that her brother will be with her every step of the way.
She said: “I am coming towards to the end of my training which has been tough as its the first marathon I have done.
“My brother will be with me throughout the gruelling course both in my heart and in my mind. It has been an emotional roller coaster.”
So far, she has raised more than £3,700 and is hoping to raise even more for the National Brain Appeal.
To donate money, text PRID63 with the amount to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/lyndapriddle