A PRIMARY school teacher is swapping her chalk for the track to compete in a charity run in memory of her friend.
Louise Brown signed up for the Great North Run after her friend Glen Heggarty lost his battle with cancer in June aged just 25.
Glen, of Bessacarr, was diagnosed with skin cancer around two years ago, but after having a mole removed he later developed problems with his vision and it was discovered the cancer had spread to his brain and lungs.
Louise, 27, of Littleworth Lane, Rossington, said: “It was devastating when Glen died and I wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research but also to raise awareness.
“A lot of people associate skin cancer with older people but this just shows it can happen to anyone and it is so important to protect yourself from the sun.” The Misson Primary teacher, who confesses she struggled to run for the bus a few months ago, has been training all summer for the half marathon and is hoping it will pay off at the weekend.
Speaking about Glen, also a teacher, she added: “He was always smiling, he used to say he could make anyone smile in under 30 seconds and he could.” To sponsor Louise visit www.justgiving.com/loubear