A pensioner from Northamptonshire, who survived breast cancer, will next month run the Virgin London Marathon for the 10th time.
Diana Green, 77, of Old, will run the 26.2-miles on April 22, two days before her 78th birthday,
Great-grandmother Mrs Green, who lives with her husband Michael, was diagnosed
with breast cancer in 2002 and ran the London Marathon for the first time in 2003 while she was in remission.
She said: “I was told I had breast cancer and by the next day I’d decided I needed to set myself a challenge to keep me going. I was watching the London Marathon on the TV and decided that was my challenge for the year ahead. I thought it was going to be a one-off event and never in a million years did I think I’d do it 10 times. I just got the bug for it.”
The fastest time Mrs Green has completed the marathon in was five hours and 43 minutes and she said she hoped to complete it within six hours and 15 minutes this year.
Mrs Green, who has two children, has raised more than £40,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign charity since she began running the marathon.
She said: “It’s a charity that is very close to my heart. It makes such a difference to people.
“I just wish I could have raised even more. People have been so supportive over the years and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Mrs Green ran the Silverstone Half-Marathon last Sunday as part of her training, and said: “I found that hard going. I’m taking it easy for a week and then getting back into training. I’m just hoping I get round the circuit in the London Marathon this year. It will be an early birthday celebration for me.”
She previously ran the New York Marathon in 2006 and raised £3,500 for mental health charity, MIND. She added: “This might be the last marathon for me this year, but I can never say never. It may be time to hang up my running shoes though so I’m going to make the most of this one just in case.”
She added: “I’ll never give up running though. I really enjoy it and I would say I am fitter now than I would have been if I’d never had breast cancer.”
To join the Breast Cancer Campaign London Marathon team, call 0207 749 4114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.