Tyldesley woman to run marathon in aid of friend's cancer battle

Laura Valentine who is training to run the Manchester Marathon

Laura Valentine who is training to run the Manchester Marathon

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SHE may not be the running type but Laura Valentine is pulling on her trainers to help a close family friend.

The 26-year-old will face her fears and run the Manchester Marathon in a bid to raise £1,000 for The Christie, after family friend Mick Grimes was diagnosed with lung cancer.

To help her reach her target, Laura is holding a charity auction and raffle at the Half Moon pub, in Tyldesley, on Sunday at 4pm.

"I chose The Christie hospital as I feel this is a charity that is very close to home for many people. I am doing the run for Mick, who is currently fighting cancer," she said.

"The training for the marathon is going all right at the moment. I am going out running about three to four times a week and following a training plan that is helping me loads.

"But I'm just not the running type. I have done a half marathon and 10k runs but I am not exactly built for running.

"I will be happy just to finish it but I am looking to get over the finish line in around five-and-a-half hours. I want to raise at least £1,000 for The Christie."

Laura, of Oak Street, Tyldesley, has known 52-year-old Mick all her life. Since he was diagnosed last year, he has undergone chemotherapy at The Christie and is now receiving radiotherapy at The Christie's Salford unit.

A Manchester United pennant and signed Amir Khan gloves are just some of the items that will be auctioned at the event, while raffle prizes include a mini valet from United Valeting Centre and a luxury facial from Emily's Elegance.

Raffle tickets are £1 or £3 a strip and are on sale at Cumfi Cutz, or donations can be made to Laura by visiting uk.

To donate visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraValentine.

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