A MOTHER-OF-TWO took part in a charity run in memory of several relatives who died of cancer.
Leanne Spring, 38, of Berlin Road, raised more than £500 for Breast Cancer Care, by participating in the Great North Run, a race between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and South Shields.
Her mum, aunt and three great aunts all suffered from breast cancer.
She said: “Breast cancer has taken quite a few family members from our family. My mum had it 30 years ago and beat it but she developed ovarian cancer and 28 days after being diagnosed died. This was in 2007.
“My aunt and three great aunts also died of breast cancer.
“Because of this, my daughter and I have to be regularly kept an eye on as we could be at risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
“Any money raised for Breast Cancer Care can be used towards research into the disease.
“Mum was from Hastings and she moved up north when I was a baby.
“When I was 16 my parents moved back down south. Thankfully through Facebook I’ve reconnected with my north east buddies and this is how I got to enter the Great North Run.”
Mrs Spring, a private hairdresser, ran the race in just under two-and-a-half hours on Sunday, September 18.
She ran more than nine miles of the trek before walking the rest.
Mrs Spring said: “The run was fantastic, the weather brilliant and my timing was okay, as I only trained once a week, being a busy mum.
“Being in my home town really made me proud of my achievement.
“I would like to say thank you for the good luck messages I received and to the people who have sponsored me as it truly spurred me on.”