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Stephen Sutton's mother takes on London Marathon

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Media captionStephen Sutton's mother is running the marathon in his memory

The mother of the cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is running the London Marathon to honour a promise she made to her son before he died.

Stephen, 19, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, died last May after launching an appeal that raised more than £5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jane Sutton said her son had wanted to run a marathon himself but was unable to as his cancer progressed.

She aims to raise £10,000 for the trust during the event on 26 April.

Mrs Sutton said she had been "completely overwhelmed by the support" she has received during training runs.

"Stephen was a keen runner," she said.

"He wanted to run the marathon so I am keeping my promise to Stephen.

"I am hoping to raise as much money as I can for the Teenage Cancer Trust which was the charity Stephen chose.

Image caption Mrs Sutton said it will be her 'first ever' marathon

She said it was her "first ever" marathon.

"Preparations are going fine," she said. "I'm due to do a 10-mile run this Sunday before the 26 miles on 26 April.

"The support of everybody has been absolutely incredible. When I have been going out on my training runs, it's been lovely seeing people."

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