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Norfolk sisters each raise over £1,400 in memory of their brother by completing London Marathon

17:50 30 April 2012

Norwich area Virgin London Marathon 2012 runners - Jan Roberts (right) and her sister Viv.

Norwich area Virgin London Marathon 2012 runners - Jan Roberts (right) and her sister Viv.

Submitted - April 2012

Two sisters have each raised over £1,400 in memory of their brother through their efforts to complete the London Marathon.

Jan Roberts and Vivienne Kanharn took on the 26.2 miles for both the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) and the Isabel Hospice, in Welwyn Garden City, where their late brother spent his last few weeks.

Jan, 47, and Vivienne, 54, wanted to run the marathon for the charities after their brother, Malcolm, passed away in October 2010 aged 57, after losing his battle with a cancer that effected his endocrine system.

They have raised more than £1,400 already, but have been promised more donations and are both hoping to have raised more than £2,000 after Jan completed the marathon in five hours and 57 minutes and Viv in six hours and 52 minutes.

Jan who lives in Wellington Road, in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich, said: “In July 2010 our brother Malcolm was diagnosed with a cancer that effected his endocrine system.

“He was admitted to hospital very early on and it became apparent after he was transferred to The Royal Free in London that his condition was terminal.

“He spent his last few weeks in the Isabel Hospice and died there on October 22, 2010. The hospice was a real sanctuary not only to Malcolm, as the staff gave him back some dignity and instinctively knew the man he had been, but also for us. Walking through the door was like walking into a huge hug.”

Viv, from Roydon, near Diss, began her training last October with very little preparation in the tank and both sisters found the going tough as they tackled long training runs every Sunday.

But Jan said the pain was all worth it, adding: “We did enjoy it but both struggled – it was very hot. It was also quite an emotional day and we are both definitely planning to do it again next year.

“In fact my niece wants to run and after hearing that a man of 101 had completed this year my dad said he wants to do it again – he will be 88 next year.”

To boost Jan and Viv’s fundraising, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanRoberts or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VivienneKanharn

- Are you raising funds in memory of a loved one? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or alternatively email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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