TWO runners in next Sunday's London Marathon are taking part because loved ones fell victim to disease.
Nicola Watson, 33, of Marsh, will raise money for the Meningitis Trust charity, in memory of nephew Charlie Siswick, who died from the disease.
Kirk Wild, 28, of Scott Hill, Clayton West, is running the 26 miles to help the Cancer Research UK charity.
His mother, Janice, recently recovered from breast cancer.
Nicola said Charlie, of Lindley, died from meningitis three years ago.
She said: "I just decided I wanted to do something for charity, particularly for meningitis. So I decided on the marathon."
It is Nicola's first marathon and she has been training hard.
She was hoping to have been accompanied by a friend, who has now pulled out of the event.
She said: "Now I am doing it on my own it will be even more of a challenge."
Nicola is hoping to raise £1,500. She has already collected £1,200.
The cash she raises will go towards the Meningitis Trust's Support for Life project, the charity's largest ever fundraising drive.
It aims to raise £4m over the next two years to maintain the charity's support services for meningitis victims and their families.
The services include professional counselling, cash grants, one-to-one advice, community support groups, a 24-hour helpline manned by nurses and home visits from professionals.
Ring the Meningitis Trust on 0845 6000 800 or visit www.meningitis-trust.org
Kirk decided to tackle the challenge after his mother's recent recovery.
She has been through surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but now only needs regular checks.
Kirk, an electrician, said: "I have always wanted to run the marathon, but my mum's illness spurred me on even more."
He wants to complete the marathon in under four-and- a-half hours.
So far, he has raised £400 with the help of pupils from his mother's dancing school, Janina School of Dance at Cross Gates in Leeds.
Cancer Research UK running manager Helen Jackson said: "We're delighted Kirk is part of the team. His support is invaluable in helping us with our aim to control cancer within two generations.
"So many people are touched by cancer and for Kirk and his mum, the words `all clear' mean everything.
"Thanks to research, more people than ever are hearing these words."
Kirk said: "The training's been hard and, coupled with my asthma, it's a real challenge. But when I cross the finish line it will be worth it.
"I'm thrilled I will be part of the Cancer Research UK team."
Another reason Kirk will be thrilled is that he will be joined on the starting line by Leeds-born model and TV presenter Nell McAndrew.
Nell's father has lymphatic cancer and she is one of 1,500 people running for Cancer Research UK.
She raised £55,559 for the charity in the first I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here.
She said: "It's great to be giving something back."
If you want to join the Cancer Research UK team in the marathon phone call 0870 242 7095 or email email@example.com. uk for a sponsorship pack.