Helen strides out in memory of her father

Helen at the 9-mile stage of her London Marathon run.  PHOTO: Supplied

Helen at the 9-mile stage of her London Marathon run. PHOTO: Supplied

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A nurse from Wiltshire, who ran Sunday’s London Marathon for the first time, has raised over £2,000 for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

Helen Evans (52), chose to run in an effort to raise awareness of bowel cancer after her father George Parker, who lived in Hose, died of the disease, aged 65.

Thoughts of her father spurred Helen on to run the 26.2 mile distance without stopping in a time of 5hrs 8mins.

Helen said: “I’ve raised over my target of £2,000 which I’m pleased about. This money will help Beating Bowel Cancer continue their work raising awareness of this disease and the screening now present.

“I was really helped by the amazing support of the crowds.

“Having my name on my vest meant people were calling my name which really spurred me on.

“I wanted to prove to myself I could run a marathon and to run in memory of my dad but once is enough!”

l To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Helen-Evans20/