A woman from Sheffield will run the Brighton Marathon next weekend in honour of her dad who has been struck by Alzheimer’s Disease.
The race will be Carolyn Garland’s tenth marathon – but the first without dad Tony West, 74, cheering her on.
Carolyn, of Ecclesall Road, who ran her first marathon in 2005 aged 40, said: “I’d never been a sporty person but I am very determined.
“Every step of the way my biggest supporter, my dad, would be there to cheer me on. Both of my parents were so proud of me.
“Last year, dad’s condition deteriorated very quickly.
“My last day spent with him was in July when I took him and mum to Clumber Park. I ran while he and mum had coffee in the sunshine.
“As I finished my race he smiled and waved at me. His memory of me went completely that weekend. He doesn’t recognise me now.”
Carolyn turned to comfort eating during the difficult time but on New Year’s Eve joined Slimming World in Crookes and Crosspool.
She has shed 16lbs ahead of her run in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.