A LOVING son is running in a gruelling half-marathon on Sunday in honour of his mum who is battling breast cancer for the second time.
James Woolcott, 26, is taking part in the Great North Run, a trek between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and South Shields, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
It’s the first half marathon he has taken part in.
The former student from William Parker Sports College has already raised almost £5,000 and been praised by the charity for being top fundraiser in the annual run.
Mr Woolcott, who is based at RAF Boulmer, near Alnwick in Northumberland, said: “Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time only around a month after I applied to do the Great North Run. I was going to take part in it for Cancer Research UK anyway, as she had breast cancer four years ago.
“She has just started chemotherapy. Mum is a fighter and will get through this, as she has lots of family and friends to support her.”
The father-of-two added he hopes to run the London Marathon within the next couple of years.
His 47-year-old mum, Nicola, of Meadowsweet Close, St Leonards, said: “Since I was diagnosed in May with breast cancer, James has raised almost £5,000 in total so far. It has kind of snowballed as a result.
“It’s made James’ run much more personal to everybody. The response from people with donations has been amazing and touching.”
To sponsor or make a donation log onto www.runningsponsorme.org/jameswoolcott1.