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Dagenham running novice to take on London Marathon in honour of lost loved ones

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2017

Karen Privett, pictured right, is running her first marathon this year

Karen Privett, pictured right, is running her first marathon this year

Karen Privett

Karen Privett, a self-described “complete novice runner,” will tackle this year’s London Marathon in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

The Dagenham resident, 49, lost her dad to the disease last year and her grandmother 15 years earlier.

The charity seeks to stamp out the late detection of pancreatic cancer in order to improve the very low survival rates, which have stayed around between two to four per cent for the last 50 years.

“I’m not going to try a pull a Paula Radcliffe or anything,” she laughed. “I will be happy to walk the marathon in under eight hours. That’s my target”

On her training regime, she said: “I walked across Tower Bridge looking over Greenwich and thought ‘Wow, it really is quite a long way there and back’.”

But she continues to stay motivated by her £2,000 target.

To sponsor Karen, visit justgiving.com/karen-privett

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