A FLINTSHIRE woman will fulfil her dream and her late mother’s wish when she runs in the London Marathon.
Gaynor Wood wants to generate up to £2,000 for the British Lung Foundation to run in their team in the 26-mile race across the capital.
Gaynor, of Nercwys, took up long distance running 11 years ago and has competed in a number of events, including the 2011 Great North Run and last year’s Chester Half Marathon.
But she has always harboured ambitions of taking part in the prestigious event.
She said: “For years, I’d tried through the ballot to gain a place in the London Marathon but had been unsuccessful.
“The turning point came this year. I felt like 2014 was going to be my year to run but when I logged on to access the ballot, it was closed.
“I was devastated and started crying. I felt ready.
“I contacted the British Lung Foundation straight away to see if they had any places and if they’d consider me.
“They sent me a form to download and I faxed it back the very same day.”
Running the marathon will realise a personal dream, not only for Gaynor but for her late mother Margaret.
Margaret died in April 2010 after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
“This will fulful my own dream and my mum’s wish for me to run the marathon.
“I’ve always wanted to do it and, as mum’s condition got worse, she’d always ask about my running.
and she reminded me of the promise I’d made, that I’d run it for her and I told her that every breath I take, I’ll be taking it for her.”
Clare Cox, director of communications and fundraising at the British Lung Foundation, said: “We’re delighted Gaynor is running the London Marathon in support of the BLF and will be joining Team Breathe!
“Every contribution makes an incredible difference. All funds raised help us continue to improve the lives of people affected by lung disease in the UK, including those affected by COPD like Gaynor’s mum.”
To raise the funds needed to compete, Gaynor is holding a fun-filled casino night at Gwernymynydd Village Hall on Saturday September 28.
Featuring poker, blackjack and roulette tables, tickets are priced at £15 and include food on the night and playing chips.
There will be a number of prizes to be won throughout the evening and Gaynor was shocked by the response to a request for donations.
She said: “I’m keen to thank local businesses for their support. I’ve been really overwhelmed and shocked at how generous they’ve been.”
Tickets can be bought by calling 07889 001481.