A BALSALL Common policewoman is hoping to raise £10,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer by running the London Marathon.
It’s just a year since Chief Insp Fiona Irving was diagnosed with the illness, but having completed her treatment last year, she’s now gearing up to run the 26 miles.
And she’s planning to record the run-up in an online blog, giving encouragement to others who are battling the illness.
“I’m not a runner, it’s further than I’ve ever run in my life,” she said. “I’m having to get up every morning at 5.40am and train on the streets of Balsall Common.
The 35-year-old was shocked when she received her diagnosis last February and battled through many months of intensive treatment.
It was her older sister Angela who suggested that the pair of them tackle the Marathon. The siblings then wrote off to see if they could take part.
By chance, Fiona received the call from Breakthrough Breast Cancer, offering the pair the chance to run, only 15 minutes before she was due to be wheeled into surgery.
r Fiona and Angela and help them reach their £10,000 target, go to www.justgiving.com/ Fiona-Irving-and-Angela-Mitchell.