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16:25 01 July 2014

Owen Frost in training for his run from Scotland to Havering, raising funds for cancer charities

Owen Frost in training for his run from Scotland to Havering, raising funds for cancer charities

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A university student is going to great lengths to raise money for charity by running from Inverness to London, after his mum died of cancer.

Owen Frost, 22, from Stanley Road, Hornchurch, and a student at Aberdeen University, is preparing himself for the long journey ahead of him starting on July 15, as he plans to run from Inverness in Scotland, to London in 21 days for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “I think it’s going to be quite good to see how well I cope with running this distance for such a long amount of time so I’m quite interested in how far I can push myself.

Owen’s mum Lorna Frost, was diagnosed with a form of liver cancer in 2012 after she had been previously diagnosed with breast cancer a few years before, but this time sadly lost her battle when she passed away in December last year, at the age of 54.

He said: “It was a horrible time but I’m not only doing this for myself and the charity, but also in memory of my mum.”

But Owen’s determination to make a difference is now being put to the ultimate test as he has decided to run for 534 miles by himself to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “My dad will be joining me by car from Inverness to Edinburgh and then one of my mates will be travelling beside me from Edinburgh all the way back down so I won’t be completely alone when I’m doing it!”

The university student has so far raised around £1900 but hopes to make even more money when he starts his journey.

He said: “I’m looking forward to being surrounded by the countryside and meeting lots of people on my way down back to London as everyone has been really nice and supportive of what I’m doing.

“But the only thing I am slightly worried about is getting injured on my first day! I don’t think I will but you still never know!”

To donate visit justgiving.com/Owen-Frost and follow @romfordrecorder on the day to find out his progress.

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