Warwick woman’s marathon challenge in memory of her friend

Keeley Varey will be taking on the London Marathon next year in memory of her friend.
Keeley Varey will be taking on the London Marathon next year in memory of her friend.

A woman from Warwick will be taking on the London Marathon next year in memory of her friend.

Keeley Varey, who is 29, is busy training to take on the 26.2-mile challenge in April.

She decided she wanted to take on a challenge to help raise money in memory of her friend James, who died in February 2012 following a four-year-battle with cancer.

She said: “I decided to take on the London Marathon because it was either this or shave my hair off and both seemed just as daunting. I am running the marathon in memory of my friend James Dawes, who passed away in his early twenties from cancer.

“After watching the marathon on television this year, I decided that I would give myself the ultimate physical task and run it. This is such a small challenge compared to what James and his family were faced with and it seems the least I could do.”

Keeley has decided to run for the cancer charity CLIC Sargent, which helps children, young people and their families.

She said: “CLIC Sargent helped and supported James and his family through so much. When I initially spoke with his mum about running the marathon, she asked if I would be happy to run for them. Their team are so supportive in relation to the marathon training and fundraising.”

Keeley is training by running a few times a week and is looking forward to the challenge. She said: “I currently run a few times a week, which is amazing given the fact that I have no physical achievements to my name. I am really enjoying the challenge and very excited for the big day. I think it will be an amazing experience.”

Keeley is hoping to raise £2,000 and has so far raised £511.

To donate to Keeley’s fundraising page go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keeley-varey