Marathon effort for cancer charity

A CHARITY is appealing for help from athletes looking to run 26 miles to help raise cash.

Breast Cancer Campaign is urging runners from across Hartlepool and east Durham to compete in this year's Virgin London Marathon.

The charity is hoping people with a ballot place will sign up to race on Sunday, April 17, in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.

Karen Lambert, events executive at Breast Cancer Campaign, said: "Christmas is always a time for overindulgence but what better way to get back in shape than by training for the London Marathon?

"So far we have 80 runners who are committed to running and raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign and we'd absolutely love more people to run for us.

"Every day 125 people are sadly given the news they have breast cancer and around 12,000 people will die from the disease in 2011, so if you haven't chosen a charity run for, why not shake off the post-Christmas blues and start training while supporting this very worthwhile cause?"

In 2010, 106 runners raised 175,000 to help fund reasearch into breast cancer, and anyone who would like to sign up is asked to contact the events team on 0207 749 4114 or email supportercare@breastcancercampaign.org.