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Dave Davies from Bickley to run the London Marathon for Cancer Research

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 April 2018

Dave will be running in the London Marathon as a tribute to his friend Chris . Picture: Dave Davies

Dave will be running in the London Marathon as a tribute to his friend Chris . Picture: Dave Davies

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Bickley resident Dave Davies will be running in the marathon as a tribute to his friend Chris Aked, who died of cancer at 33.

Chris Aked with his daughter Freya. Picture: David DaviesChris Aked with his daughter Freya. Picture: David Davies

Dave has done a lot of running before, but he will never have had such inspiration to reach the finish line before.

He will be running for Bowel & Cancer Research in memory of Chris, who died last year, after just becoming a father.

Dave, 37, said: “He was diagnosed in April 2017 with stage four cancer and just five months later he was no longer there.”

“I started running in 2011 because I was bored - one day I just put on an old pair of trainers and off I went.

“Then came the Olympics in 2012 which were such an inspiration - I entered my first half-marathon.

“In 2015 I did the London Marathon for the first time and finished in three hours 32 minutes.”

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