Gary will run marathon for friend who died of cancer

READY TO RUN Gary Anderson
READY TO RUN Gary Anderson
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A DAD will run the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of a dear friend.

Gary Anderson is running the marathon even though he dislocated his collar bone in a snowboarding accident a few weeks ago.

But the architectural technician said pulling out wasn’t even a consideration because he had to do it for his friend.

Gary, 45, said: ‘I knew Wendy Barttelot for about 15 years – we met in our then local pub.

‘She was a wonderful lady and it was devastating for everyone when she died last year.

‘The marathon is also the third anniversary of my mum June dying so there was no way I was not going to do it.

‘It will be an emotional day for me and there’s no doubt I will think about them both all the way.’

Wendy, a mum of two from North End, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

She underwent intensive treatment but in the summer of 2012 doctors discovered she had secondary cancer of the liver.

Wendy, pictured, died in September 2013.

Gary, of Vernon Road, Copnor, held a fundraising night where everyone had to dress up in something beginning with the letter M for Macmillan.

He chose to go as sharp-tongued Mrs Brown from the Irish comedy television show Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Gary has chosen to run the marathon for Macmillan because of the care they gave to Wendy and her family in her final weeks.

He was originally hoping to raise at £2,000 but is now closer to £3,000. To sponsor him go to

You can text donate by texting WBGA99 £2 to 70070.