Running to raise cash for children with cancer

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RUNNER Steve Ayling will put a smile on many faces when he competes in this year’s London Marathon dressed as a Mr Men character.

The 49-year-old seasoned runner will be wearing the heavy, colourful outfit to raise money for the charity Children with Cancer UK.

Although he has yet to pick which character from the children’s books he will be dressed as, he has spent months preparing for the race and trying to reach his target of £1,500 for the good cause.

Every year over 3,300 youngsters are diagnosed with cancer, the biggest child-killing disease in the UK.

Mr Ayling, of Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, said: ‘It is my 50th birthday this year and I have run all over the country for Children with Cancer so this is the ultimate challenge and it is in the Olympic year.’

Ben Twyman, from the charity, said: ‘Thanks to Steve and the support from all of our dedicated marathon runners we are able to continue research into childhood cancer and help save young lives that would have otherwise been lost.’

To donate go to childrenwithcancer.org.uk.