South Woodford mum takes on marathon challenge for the charity in memory of her brothers

Posted on - 08/03/2017
Author: Communications Team

Patricia Harding, 45, from South Woodford will be taking on the ultimate challenge on 23rd April by running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.

She said: “I’ve previously run the marathon for Beating Bowel Cancer in 2013. At the time I was running in memory of my late brother Stephen Hayes who died from bowel cancer age just 46 – and also in thankfulness for my surviving brother John Hayes who had beaten bowel cancer – or so it seemed.

“Devastatingly, in November 2015 we lost John too. I received so much support on the Beating Bowel Cancer forum during John’s return to ill health and his ultimate passing so I want to support the work they do once again.”

Since the death of her brothers, Patricia and her two sisters are monitored closely and she has had polyps removed at her last two colonoscopies.

She said: “John did so much to support my marathon run in 2013; he helped to ‘market’ me, helped with fundraising and brought the biggest crowd to support me on the day. John had been considering taking on the marathon to raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer in the future and now that he’s gone, I want to do something positive in his name.”

Surprisingly Patricia had been training secretly for the last year. She only told her husband, Jamie, her children Nate (10) and Kaede (12) and the rest of the family on Friday 23 February – two months to the day before the event.

We’re very grateful for Patricia’s support and fundraising efforts, which will enable the charity continue to help those affected by bowel cancer. The marathon is a huge commitment to undertake and we wish her best of luck for her challenge.

You can donate to Patricia’s fundraising efforts at