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Marathon mum from Morley Saint Botolph aims to raise thousands in her mother’s honour

Innes Chapman with her husband James, and their daughters Catherine and Francesca, aged seven, and Isabella, nine. Picture: INNES CHAPMAN

Innes Chapman with her husband James, and their daughters Catherine and Francesca, aged seven, and Isabella, nine. Picture: INNES CHAPMAN

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A 46-year-old former ballet dancer is getting ready to tackle the London Marathon in honour of her mother, who has Alzheimer’s.

Catherine Herdan-Antoniades, Innes Chapman's mum. Picture: INNES CHAPMANCatherine Herdan-Antoniades, Innes Chapman's mum. Picture: INNES CHAPMAN

Innes Chapman, from Morley Saint Botolph, is hoping to raise £2,300 for the charity, Alzheimer Scotland, by taking part in the April 23 run.

Mrs Chapman, who has three children aged nine to seven, said she had only started running after her children were born, and although she took part in the Brighton Marathon last year, this would be her greatest challenge so far. She said: “I was a classically trained ballet dancer until I went to sixth-form college. I started running about eight months after our twin girls were born, and it became my only form of exercise.”

Mrs Chapman said she hoped her mother, Catherine Herdan-Antoniades, would be able to watch her as she took part in the London run.

She said: “My wonderful mum is 77 years old and lives in London with my sister and my sister’s partner. Mum was diagnosed originally with dementia about seven years ago but was re-assessed after my father’s death in 2011 as suffering from Alzheimer’s.

“I’m hoping that as she lives in London, she could be there just to see me finish. It would mean the world to me to see her with the rest of my family.”

Mrs Chapman said she had given her the motivation to take on the Brighton Marathon.

She said: “My mum gave me the mental strength to carry on running mile after mile when I felt I couldn’t run anymore.

“It was an emotional journey which I loved because I had a purpose - to give something back to the person who sacrificed so much for her family.”

She said she decided to raise money for the Scotland-based charity because she and her mother had family connections there.

Mrs Chapman said her friends were helping her fundraise to reach her goal.

She said: “So far, one of my friends has organised a coffee morning, and another one has charity squares at her hairdressing salon.

“I bake cakes and biscuits every week for my work colleagues and I’m planning a pamper night at a local pub in March.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/InnesChapman25

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