Julia Kellam will run the London Marathon for Bowel And Cancer Research.
Julia Kellam will run the London Marathon for Bowel And Cancer Research.

A 29-year-old woman whose life has been affected by irritable bowel syndrome said it would not stop her from completing the London Marathon.

Mrs Julia Kellam, owner of Frances Day Bridal, Southwell, will be raising money for Bowel And Cancer Research when she completes the race on April 22.

She is raising money for the charity on behalf of her mother, the Rev Andrea Price, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer 25 years ago before beating the illness.

Julia said she had tried everything to beat her irritable bowel syndrome but nothing had helped.

"I have been to lots of doctors, had lots of tests and got very fed up," she said.

"Sometimes I am fine. Then I will get a flare-up. I have tried gluten-free, dairy-free, everything-free and it doesn’t make any difference.

"One day I can eat a whole tub of ice-cream and be fine. Other days, I have a cup of tea and a biscuit and I am running to the toilet.

Julia’s passion for running started in 2014 when she tackled the Robin Hood Half-marathon in Nottingham, raising £1,500 for the same cause.

"I got the running bug," she said.

"I ran loads to lose weight before my wedding in 2016 — I lost two stone and was really pleased — then I just kept going.

"I am so excited to be running for Bowel And Cancer Research because it means such a lot to me and my family and research is so important.

"I would like to raise awareness because many people suffer from things like this and no one talks about it."

Julia was only four when her mother, now 59, was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Her teachers at nursery school put together a tape of Julia’s class singing Humpty Dumpty to cheer her up in hospital.

"She has never really spoken about what it was like for her, but she is touched that I am running for such a personal reason," said Julia.

"Last year when I ran the London Marathon, mum finished her sermon, got on her bike, pedalled like crazy to the final mile, muscled her way to the front and screamed out my name.

"It was quite emotional and made a big difference."

The chief executive of Bowel And Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert, said: "It is heartening to know that Andrea Price survived bowel cancer.

"Our mission is to ensure that there are more such good news stories in future. We can only do that with the support of our fantastic fundraisers."

Anyone who wants to support Julia can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julia-kellam1


Saiqul Miah
Saiqul Miah

Restaurant owner Saiqul Miah is hoping to raise £4,000 for Leukaemia Care by running the London Marathon later this month.

It will be the first time that he has run the marathon but he has trained throughout winter.

He has regularly completed training runs of up to 22 miles so is hoping to finish the marathon in a fast time.

To help with his fundraising target, a curry banquet with entertainment by one of the UK’s best Elvis impersonators was organised at the Ashiana Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant in North Muskham, which he owns.

The evening raised more than £1,300.

"The idea for the fundraiser came from one of our regulars," said Saiqul.

"I was speaking to him about the challenge of training for the marathon while also raising money for charity. We know that everyone loves a good sing-along to Elvis and so the night was planned."

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so here


Lesley Butlin
Lesley Butlin

A member of Newark Striders running club is to take part in the London Marathon to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Lesley Butlin, of Newark, has raised £3,000 — smashing the target of £2,000 that she had set herself.

"I have been amazed by people’s generosity — family, friends and strangers —who have supported this awesome charity," she said.

Lesley joined Newark Striders last year for support in her longer runs and has been running three or four times a week.

"It has been hard because it has been such an awful winter and I have found it difficult," she said.

"But I wanted to be prepared and I feel ready and excited."

She completed a 20-mile run just before Easter and has now started to do shorter distances in preparation for the big day.

"Luckily I have been injury-free," said Lesley.

"I really hope that I will be able to run most of it. My aim is to finish."

Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lesley-butlin1


Ian Beadle
Ian Beadle

A parish councilor is racking up the miles as he prepares to take part in the London Marathon to raise money for a Christian charity.

Mr Ian Beadles, 49, a member of Rolleston Parish Council, will tackle the course for Links International, which helps developing communities to become self-reliant.

He has supported the cause before through different fundraisers at the Riverside Church, which meets at the Minster School, Southwell.

Ian said the London Marathon place came out of the blue.

"I found out I had once again missed out on the runners’ ballot in October, and I was at a bit of a loss about what I was going to do next," he said.

"One night I was a bit grumpy in front of my laptop when I got an email from one of Links’ trustees asking if I knew anyone who would be willing to take the charity place.

"I thought for about a nano-second before getting back to him and saying I would do it."

Ian joined Southwell Running Club last year.

"There are at least three of us who will be running the marathon at the club, and although we won’t be running the race together, it has been good training with them.

"I have been out with them all over the winter and although there have been one or two nice days, for the most part it has been awful, which in a way has toughened me up and inspired me to get up and get out no matter what the weather."

He completed the Manchester Marathon as well as half-marathons and 10km races over the past year.

To support him visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-beadles