Cancer nurse stops off in Rugby as part of charity marathon challenge

Emma Widdowson is running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for charity.
Emma Widdowson is running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for charity.

An oncology nurse, who is running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for charity, made an overnight pit-stop in Rugby earlier this week.

Emma Widdowson passed through the town on Monday and completed her third marathon at her grandparents’ home off Dunchurch Road. Emma’s incredible journey began in London on Saturday and she is set to finish the challenge on Friday at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where she works.

She has been interviewed every day by the BBC radio station in Manchester and a huge crowd of people are expected to greet her at the finish line.

The 29-year-old mum of two told the Advertiser: “Every day, I get to see first hand the challenges that cancer patients are facing.

“They’re so brave. I’ve also got a friend who’s being treated at the Christie clinic for leukaemia. He’s actually going to run the last 5k with me, which will be a big deal.

“The whole thing has been a real team effort - I haven’t even looked at the route! My dad has done all that. He’s tweaked it so I can stay with family and friends along the way, which is why I’m here in Rugby today.”

At the time of publishing this article, Emma’s fundraising page had exceeded her £10,000 target with a total of £10,512. To make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/emma-widdowson1

Pictured above, left to right: Dad David Widdowson with daughter Emma, mum Caroline and grandad David Edwards.