Marathon man’s tribute to his wife

marathon: Philip Carnall is taking on the London Marathon. Photo contributed.
marathon: Philip Carnall is taking on the London Marathon. Photo contributed.
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A Whaley Bridge man is taking part in the London Marathon to raise funds for the charities who have provided support to his wife during her battle with cancer.

Philip Carnall, 60, is running in the event on Sunday, April 22, to say a big thank you to Blythe House Hospice, Macmillan and other charities for all the support given whilst his wife Linda was receiving treatment for breast cancer during the last 18 months.

Philip said: “I wanted to do something to show my appreciation for all the kindness and help we received whilst my wife was going through the most difficult challenge she has had to face.

“After a gruelling course of chemotherapy, radical surgery and radiotherapy she is now back at work helping others in the local community. She is an inspiration.”

It is not Philip’s first marathon, as he ran in the hottest ever London Marathon in 2007.

For this one he has had to train in rain, snow and ice covering many miles around Whaley and Chapel.

Anyone who would like to support his fund raising efforts can make a donation towards Blythe House Hospice at Chapel-en-le-Frith by visiting or donations can be sent to them directly.

To donate to Macmillan, The Christie and Breast Cancer Care visit .

lAlso taking part in the London Marathon is Kevin Day, 46 a member of Whaley Bridge- based running club Goyt Valley Striders.

Running in aid of Cancer Research UK, it will be his 160th marathon and to make it a bit more difficult he will be taking part in fancy dress as a nun.

He will be attempting to break the world record for the fastest person to finish a marathon in a nun’s fancy dress costume, with the costume supplied by The Fancy Dress shop in Buxton.

Kevin chose to run in aid of Cancer Research as both he and his partner Jackie Tomney have lost a parent to cancer in the last few years.

To support his fundraising go to .