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Stephen Sutton's mother runs in London Marathon

Jane Sutton Image copyright Teenage Cancer Trust
Image caption Jane Sutton completed the London Marathon in six hours and three minutes.

The mother of the cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton has run her first London Marathon to keep 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 was a "keen runner" but his illness prevented him from completing a marathon himself.

She finished the 26-mile course in a time of six hours and three minutes.

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

"I am fulfilling my wish to Stephen, he has been my driving force and when I have been going out running he has been the person I am thinking about and hopefully I've got the same determination as him so I will cross that finish line," she said.

In September the trust announced £2.9m of the money raised would be invested in specialist cancer units for young people, and a further £1.2m used to train future cancer nurses and support staff.

Image caption The 19-year-old, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, died last May

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