‘I’m taking on four marathons for bowel cancer - in memory of my dad.’

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A Milton Keynes woman is taking on a quadruple marathon challenge, as a tribute to the memory of her father who died when she was a teenager.

Lisa Hewer was just 16 when her father, Frank Hewer, died of bowel cancer on the first day of her GCSE exams.

Now the 35-year-old, who works in the city as a research manager for the Open University, is taking on four races in 2015 and hopes to raise at least £2,500 for the charity Bowel & Cancer Research.

She said: “I guess it takes a special kind of idiot to be coming up with plans like this.

“But I’m tired of watching people have to fight this awful disease – it’s time to fight back and raise some money for a good cause.”

Frank was a well-known figure in Leighton Buzzard, and was a Bedfordshire County Councillor from 1985-89. He also worked on the railway all his life.

Lisa, who lives in Leighton Buzzard, added: “I had just gone to upper school and my major concerns were my hair, my friends and Take That. Then three years later my dad died.

“He faced the aftermath of bowel cancer as only he could – with courage and good humour which lasted right up to his last days.

“I’d dreamed of taking on a fundraising challenge in memory of my dad and hadn’t done it. So now is the time before I’m too old or too injured. It’s time to live up the nickname he gave me – Loopy.

“The challenge scares the life out of me and I know it will hurt, but if people can stay strong in the face of cancer, I know I can do this.”

So far Lisa has signed up to tackle the Silverstone Half in March, London Marathon in April, and both Milton Keynes Marathon and Edinburgh Marathon in May.

Anyone who wants to add to Lisa’s fundraising total can do so at www.justgiving.com/girljustruns or text LGJR96 to 70070 followed by donation amount.