Local woman Katherine Darley will be running her first London Marathon in April, raising money for a subject close to her heart.

The Miscarriage Association is a charity based in Wakefield that offers support to families who have been affected by miscarriage, and she will be running in memory of the 5 miscarriages she suffered between 2010 and 2013.

Even though one in four pregnancies are affected by the heartbreak of miscarriage, it is a subject that is often left unspoken. The Miscarriage Association provides a vital lifeline for those families who are struggling.

“Having a miscarriage is a painful and lonely time, and often people don’t talk about it” she says.

“When you do talk about it, it really helps”

A marathon is a hard feat for the most seasoned of runners, and the task is made more difficult due to the fact that Katherine hasn’t put on her running shoes for at least 13 years. However, this has only added to the challenge for fearless Katherine, and with a strict training regime in place she feels is almost ready for the big day.

“Running down The Mall in London towards the finishing line and seeing the crowds cheering you on is meant to be a life changing experience. I can’t wait”

Katherine hopes to raise £1500 for the Miscarriage Association, and is well on her way to achieving her goal. If you would like to donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com/katherinedarley