Whaley Bridge teen to run London marathon for cancer charity which helped save his mum's life
A Whaley Bridge teenager is gearing up to run the London marathon this autumn in support of the cancer charity which helped save his mum’s life.
Ed Diamond, 18, has run middle distance and cross country events for Buxton Athletics Club and regional teams since 2016, but has been inspired to step up the miles by his friend Alexander Cripps, who raised more than £1,100 for the Christie Cancer Charity last year in memory of his own mum.
The charity is linked to the Christie hospital in Manchester and a new cancer unit opening soon in Macclesfield, and Ed also has reasons to be grateful for its services.
Marple Sixth Form student Ed said: “In 2014, my mum, Annie, was also diagnosed with breast cancer and treated by the Christie. Having seen the support they provide first hand, I want to repay them so that others can benefit from the same exemplary care.
“My mum’s treatment was life-saving and the help the Christie offered her and the whole family was unrivalled and was genuinely so supportive.”
The marathon usually takes place in April but has been put back to October for a second year due to the pandemic.
Ed, who is studying for a diploma in sport and coaching, said: “Covid-permitting the atmosphere and crowd will be unbelievable and hopefully keep spirits high. But the other benefit is that it allows me to train throughout the warmer months which is far more enjoyable. I did run some half-marathons in the snow over Christmas.
“I’ve been doing a lot of hill running, including Kinder Scout, with friends and my twin brother, Stuart. Ithas helped an unbelievable amount with my fitness and mental health during lockdown.”
Now that the athletics club is meeting again, Ed hopes to compete in fell-running races this summer to aid his preparation – but 26 miles is not his only target.
He said: “I am aiming to raise as much money as possible and currently have a goal of £2,000 by the time of the event.
"The main thing that I will take from the experience is the support of the community, friends and club members who have all motivated me to train as well as supporting with donations which has been extremely overwhelming.”
To add to Ed’s total, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ed-diamond.