Brave mum takes on triple running challenge for charities close to her heart

Rebecca Mayhew, a breast cancer survivor, who is preparing for a trio of challenges. PHOTO: Nick But

Rebecca Mayhew, a breast cancer survivor, who is preparing for a trio of challenges. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A fearless mother of two who is in remission from breast cancer is preparing herself for a trio of gruelling challenges.

Rebecca Mayhew from Woodton endured a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy before she was given the all clear two years ago.

As part of her path to recovery, the 37-year-old took up running challenges, which have helped her raise £30,000 in just four years for charity.

On Sunday she is taking on the London Marathon followed by a further two half marathons this autumn.

She is fundraising for the 26-mile trek in aid of Children with Cancer UK, running the Great North Run in September for Walking with the Wounded and taking on the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon in October for Breast Cancer Now.

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Mrs Mayhew was diagnosed in August 2012 and walked her first marathon, the London Moonwalk, just nine months later.

She has since completed the Moonwalk again with her husband Stuart, the Paris Marathon and the London Marathon last year - the first time she was able to run one.

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She said: “I think the half marathons are going to be far more intense and there will be more pressure to finish faster. I’m not a natural runner and I have to train really hard. I’d like to do London in under five hours and if I can do the halves in under two hours I’ll be overjoyed.

“My inspiration for getting off my bottom and raising money for Walking with the Wounded was watching Prince Harry’s trek to the South Pole when I was sitting in pain through my treatment, full of steroids and I couldn’t sleep, and I just kept thinking I’ve just got cancer I haven’t lost a leg, I should do something. Duncan Slater really inspired me. I’ve also admired the Children with Cancer UK charity for a long time, they do some amazing things.”

Mrs Mayhew will be travelling to London today to meet up with some friends while her husband Stuart stays at home with their two children - Isobel, seven, and five-year-old Jack.

She said: “When I was growing up I knew nothing about fundraising but my children really understand it and they love getting involved. They did a sponsored walk for Walking with the Wounded at Christmas time and it’s nice to see them realise there is a bigger picture.

“I would love to do the New York Marathon, but I’d also like to do something quite extreme like an epic walk across the UK, I’d love to push myself to the absolute limit.

“People say breast cancer is the one to get, but people die because of it and there is so little research done on how many primary cancers come back as secondary cancers.”

Mrs Mayhew will be holding a shopping and pamper evening and a children’s bring and buy sale in the summer towards her goal of raising extra funds.

So far she has collected nearly £1,000 for Children with Cancer UK. To sponsor her, visit

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