Susan Johnston signed up for the London Marathon determined to raise money for a charity close to her heart,
And she isn’t letting the fact she hasn’t run since her school days stand in her way.
Susan (48), a diabetes nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, has been training since last year and is ready for the 26.2 mile challenge next month.
Susan is running for Pancreatic Cancer UK, after losing her mum Marjory Simpson to the disease. Marjory was diagnosed in April 2012, passing away just two months later.
An elder at Larbert West Parish Church, she had been healthy all her life, so her passing aged 76 was a huge shock to the family.
Susan, who lives in Ediburgh, said: “Pancreatic cancer is one that can go undetected for a long time and by the time it is found, it can be too late.
“Mum was a very fit woman, she was always out and about and did a lot for the church. I wanted to do something in Mum’s memory and raise money and awareness at the same time so had the crazy thought of running a marathon.
“I asked my husband, Graham, if he thought it was possible and he told me I could do anything I put my mind to, so I signed up. Then I realised what a challenge it is.”
Susan has been running five days a week to build her stamina and hopes to complete the race in five hours.
She is hosting a coffee morning at Larbert West Church on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon to raise more money. Tickets cost £2.50 and can be bought at the door.
Susan said: “Mum was a social butterfly so I thought a coffee morning was fitting.”
To sponsor the nurse’s marathon efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/susanmjohnston