A 56-year-old multiple-scelrosis sufferer is set to run the London Marathon next month to raise money for research into the condition.

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Shelagh King, from Shouldham, said she was inspired by her daughter Hannah, 31, who ran the race in 2011.

“I went to London that day, trained and tubed all along the marathon route and eventually caught sight of her in the final stages of the race,” she said.

“It was a very emotional moment for both of us and I witnessed a huge amount of effort put in by so many people for the benefit of others.

“The atmosphere was palpable and certainly had an effect on me for days. I also realised this was something I too could achieve and the charity I would raise funds for would be the MS Society.”

The condition is all too real to opthalmic nurse and mother-of-two Mrs King. “I’ve lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years and over the years have dealt with the challenges that come with it,” she said.

“I’m lucky in that I have the relapse and remitting type of the disease and by comparison have quite minor residual problems.

“My balance is not brilliant and I have a slappy/drop right foot, both of which result in falls now and again.

“I have to say, fitting the training in around work and life is hard but I can’t believe how much I have improved.

“I’m in much better shape for doing it, not just physically but mentally.

“I have my best ideas when running – most probably forget them, though, before I get home. My running is more like jogging really – at best I run 13 minutes a mile and I think my marathon will be some walking and running and more about just getting over the finish line.”

Mrs King said her target was to raise at least £2,000 for the MS Society, which funds research into the condition, which affects around 100,000 people across the UK, when she runs on April 21.

Andrew and Bridget Archibald have agreed to host a Tart Party on Thursday, March 14, at the Chalk and Cheese pub in Shouldham.

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