Joanne Watts had a tragic yet touching reason for running this year’s London Marathon. 

The 39-year-old from Badbury Park took on the 26-mile course to raise money for CLIC Sargent, in memory of ‘the bravest and most inspiring boy’ she knew.

“I chose CLIC Sargent in memory of the bravest and most inspiring boy I know,” she said.

“His name is Daniel Fagan.

“CLIC Sargent were a fantastic help to Daniel and his family, when he was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2012 at the age of just 18 months.”

“For over three years Daniel was in and out of hospital having chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, stem cell transplants and radiotherapy and fought all the way. 

“Sadly Daniel gained his angel wings in February 2016 and is missed incredibly by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. 

“He had the biggest heart and his smile was so infectious!” 

Joanne was supposed to run the marathon two years ago but the pandemic delayed things. She did the virtual marathon last year but after two years of on-and-off training completed the course in 4hrs 42mins

She has raised £3,926 for the charity.