A GLANAMAN man will run the London Marathon in April in memory of his father who lost his battle with cancer.

Liam O’Sullivan, 33, will take part in the event raising money for Worldwide Cancer Research.

His father, Kevin O’Sullivan lost his battle with Oesophagus cancer in May 2017 after being diagnosed the year previous at the age of 62.

Liam said: “Running was a hobby of mine for many years. Something I would do at the weekends to switch off.

“That was until my dad passed.

“The cancer had spread so quickly and robbed him, like many others, of time and life he still had to live.

“Running suddenly became my way of dealing with the guilt, the anger, the sadness. Running helped me focus my thoughts and keep my mind healthy.

“Whilst reflecting on my father’s life we remembered that he had completed the London Marathon in 1983 with a finish time of four hours and 19 minutes.

“It suddenly dawned on me that I needed to run the marathon in his memory. I had to make this my goal. My running had to mean something and contribute to a greater cause.

“I have a target of raising £2,200 for Worldwide Cancer Research and have set myself the personal goal of completing the marathon in a time close to four hours.”

To prepare for the London Marathon Liam will be taking part in a number of half marathons and 10km runs in the build up to April.

These include the Llanelli Half Marathon, Newport Half Marathon and Great Welsh Half Marathon, monthly up to the London Marathon.

To find out more about his cause, or to donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/londonmarathonliam.

Alternatively, you can also text LROS85 plus an amount of either £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 to 70070 in order to help Liam’s fundraising efforts.