A runner will carry with her a photo of a friend she lost to cancer when she competes in the Edinburgh Marathon.
Heather Barnes, 49, from Altham, will make the run in tribute to painter and decorator Peter Thompson who died from lung cancer in 2007.
She and her friends Heidi Edmondson and Wayne Fyles are all making the run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.
Heather, of Altham Lane said: “Peter was a very close friend of mine. I met him about 15 years ago, as he used to decorate for me.
“Although he was older than me, we got on very well and he became a very close friend.
“He was lovely - very bubbly and down to earth. Everyone who knew him called him by his nicknamed of grumpy, as he was - but he was lovely with it.”
Heather will also be taking a picture of Peter along on the day to help her through her 26 mile challenge.
She said: “I will have it with me and then when I feel like giving up it will be like he will be with me shouting at me to carry on.”
She added: “We have been friends for years and we always used to do runs at the weekends.
“One day, Wayne suggested we do a marathon and we agreed, thinking it was a joke - but then he entered us.
“We thought we would do it for Macmillan Cancer as it is something which is very close to our hearts.
“We were originally going to do the London Marathon, but being a bit late for it we found we had missed the boat - so we decided to do this instead.”
Wayne, 47, of Tunstead Avenue also has a personal reason for running, having lost his brother Keith Fyles to cancer.
Heather said: “We started training properly in November and since then, we have been doing a lot, averaging around 30 to 40 miles per week.
“Much of that has been done up and around Pendle Hill and we have been through places like Barley.
“We are dreading doing it in a way, as we know it will be very tough, but also it is for a very good cause. Macmillan does a fantastic job of improving the lives of the people who need it the most.”
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