Going the extra mile – or 26 – to keep Stu strong

World champion Steve Cram launches the 2014 Kielder Marathon weekend, with Northumberland County Council's Head of Leisure, Bruce Ledger, cyclist Kate Charlton and runners Richard Parker, left,and Martyn Barnes.
World champion Steve Cram launches the 2014 Kielder Marathon weekend, with Northumberland County Council's Head of Leisure, Bruce Ledger, cyclist Kate Charlton and runners Richard Parker, left,and Martyn Barnes.

Brave runners are gearing up to take part in a Northumberland marathon for a young farmer with an inoperable brain tumour.

So far, at least ten people have pledged to raise money for Northumberland farmer Stuart Ridley by taking part in the event.

Stu, 25, was told he had six months to live after being diagnosed with the tumour in February.

Now runners are signing up to ‘Britain’s most beautiful marathon’, Kielder ,and the new half-marathon, taking place on Sunday October 4, to raise money for the Stay Strong Stu campaign.

The campaign, which aims to raise £50,000 for practical support to Stu, The Brain Tumour Charity and The Wooden Spoon Rugby Charity, has already smashed the £10,000 mark as Stu and his family receive backing from around the world.

Personal trainer Libby Hancock, from Ponteland, will be joining the team and competing in the main marathon.

The 22-year-old said: “I’ve always wanted to take part in a marathon and this one is definitely worth the cause – the Stay Strong Stu campaign is amazing. It just shows how many people appreciate him and how many people are so supportive.”