Martlesham survivor raises £7,300 for Cancer Research UK through London Marathon feat

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 April 2015

Nichola Whymark and her brother, Ali Wright at the 6.5 mile mark of the London Marathon.

Nichola Whymark and her brother, Ali Wright at the 6.5 mile mark of the London Marathon.


An inspirational woman who beat cancer has now conquered a different, 26.2 mile battle - just 11 months after a double mastectomy.

Breast cancer survivor Nichola Whymark and brother Alastair Wright.Breast cancer survivor Nichola Whymark and brother Alastair Wright.

Nichola Whymark, of Coopers Road, Martlesham, ran the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday in five hours and 25 minutes.

The 38-year-old took on the challenge with her brother, Ali Wright and the pair have so far raised £7,300 for Cancer Research UK - £3,000 more than their target.

Mrs Whymark, who works for the charity as a Suffolk fundraising manager, was due to run in last year’s Brighton Marathon but had to cancel when she was diagnosed with two types of breast cancer and instead had to endure a gruelling course of chemotherapy.

In May 2014, she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and for six weeks after the operation she had to wear a girdle, deal with a lot of pain and even found walking difficult.

Building up her fitness step-by-step with her husband by her side, Mrs Whymark took part in the Race for Life just three weeks after surgery.

Then in November last year, she ran the Southwold 10k before deciding she was ready to tackle the capital’s renowned challenge.

“Thank you to everyone who sent us messages of support, they were very, very emotional and made yesterday that extra bit special,” she said.

“To think a year ago I was recovering from chemo and actually quite weak. A year on and I run a marathon with my gorgeous and very funny little brother by my side. I am so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Cancer Research UK is hoping to draw in around £2.5 million from marathon sponsorship.

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