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Thu 29 Sep 2022

Inspirational runners’ line-up for the London Marathon to raise awareness at the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

An inspirational line up of runners will take part in the London Marathon to raise vital funds for Tenovus Cancer Care on October 2nd, which also marks the first weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).

Running for the Wales-based charity will be Lindsey Allan, 51, who will be taking on the epic 26.2 miler just six months after being given the all-clear from breast cancer. 

She will line up alongside 54-year-old Kevin Foley, who is running in tribute to his sister, Michelle, who tragically passed away last December.

Kevin says Michelle received “invaluable” support from wraparound support services provided from Tenovus Cancer Care following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2018.

Lindsey said she was determined to run the London Marathon this year and remarkably kept training, under medical supervision, during her treatment.

The mum-of-two from Cardiff was given the all-clear after a mastectomy and follow-up treatment.

I’d discovered a sort of lump and funny shape to my right breast. It was a bit of shock as I felt so healthy at the time. I phoned the doctor and was referred for tests.

From them on I was plunged into this alien world of scans, biopsies, operations, drains, and medications. Within a couple of weeks, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went into shock, followed by denial. There were a lot of tears with my children.

I’d started running in 2020, to get out of the house and become fitter during lockdown. Together, under medical supervision and with my training partner, I carried on training. I was determined to keep to a plan and fulfil my lifelong dream of running a marathon. I ran 20 miles for the first time recently – a real milestone for me.

I’m nervous, this marathon is massive for me. It’s around a year since I was diagnosed, but I hope to raise thousands of pounds to raise awareness of breast cancer and help fund vital services provided by Tenovus Cancer Care.



Dad-of-two Kevin says running the London Marathon this year will be emotional, especially as he’s running it on his late sister’s birthday. Kevin, a former rugby player from Swansea, says since Michelle’s breast cancer diagnosis he’s regularly checked his breasts, urging his wife and two daughters to do the same.

Michelle was given the all-clear from breast cancer in the summer of 2021. However, in October last year she was diagnosed with cancer in her hip and given between two and nine years to live.

Just a month later, Michelle was rushed into hospital with a pain in stomach which turned out to be a ruptured bowel. She passed away in hospital shortly a few weeks later in December.

Michelle’s passing is still raw for me. My biggest challenge during the London Marathon will be trying not to break down.

I have this mental block, usually around nine miles, where the memories of my sister start to flood back, and I sometimes need to take a breather there and compose myself. She was the most amazingly kind woman – a bubbly personality and the life and soul of everything. I miss her so much.

I’m running in tribute to Michelle but I’m also raising awareness of breast cancer, the earlier it’s caught the better, but I’m also giving something back by raising funds for Tenovus Cancer Care - so others can receive the same invaluable support my sister had from the charity.

It was a cruel twist of fate that cancer returned after Michelle was given the all-clear but that’s not the case for a growing majority. It is so important to check yourself, to spot the signs and symptoms early, to make a full recovery. I will be wearing my pink Tenovus Cancer Care T-shirt with pride on October 2nd!



In 2021, 544 people died of breast cancer in Wales - 7 men and 537 women. There is a 100% survival rate for breast cancer if diagnosed at Stage 1 which falls to 19% if diagnosed at Stage 4. More than 70% of breast cancer cases were diagnosed at Stages 1 & 2 in 2019.

Together, Lindsey and Kevin hope raise around £7,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care, to help all people affected by cancer to live as well as possible.

To mark BCAM, Tenovus Cancer Care has also created an animated video voiced by BBC presenter Sian Lloyd showing how best to check your breasts for signs and symptoms of cancer.

20 runners hope to be fit to be on the start line for Tenovus Cancer Care on October 2nd in London, raising over £40,000 for the charity.

Our runners this year will be raising awareness of breast cancer and to help support services Tenovus Cancer Care provides to all those affected by cancer. That includes our Benefits Advice service, our Counselling service, our professional nurse-led Support Line, and our befriending service Tele-friends.

These services will become vital for people affected by cancer as we enter an uncertain period of austerity and financial hardship.

We are thankful to Lindsey and Kevin and all our participants this year, including a team of runners from Redkite Solicitors, for running this marathon to raise greatly needed funds for us. We are also grateful to Sian Lloyd for helping to raise awareness of how to check your breast in our informative video.

Sion Edwards, Head of Fundraising

If you’d like to sign up to run the London Marathon in 2023 for Tenovus Cancer Care to support people and their loved ones live well with cancer, please sign up here.

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, our free Support Line is there for you. Just call 0808 808 1010