A CANCER survivor will be tackling a popular half marathon in a bid to raise cash for charity.

Nicky Stone fought Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), a rare cancer of the appendix.

In 2014, the 49-year-old, from Leigh, was told she had a strange looking ovary.

After it was confirmed as cancer, Nicky went into surgery and woke up without an ovary, a fallopian tube and her appendix.

On a long road to recovery, in 2015 she underwent eight hours of major surgery, followed by 16 days in hospital.

Along the way, Nicky had a tough journey, experiencing a setback in 2017 which meant she needed yet more surgery.

But just 13 months ago, she became fit enough to pursue her love of running and progressed to completing 10km within six months. After battling her through her first ever 10k race in Southend last October, Nicky is now preparing for the London Landmarks Half Marathon, which will take place on March 24.

Joining 13,000 other runners, Nicky will be tackling the 13.1 mile course which weaves through London’s famous landmarks, including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye, as well as numerous hidden locations.

She said: “I can’t believe I am about to try and run my first ever half marathon. Just over a year ago I couldn’t even run a kilometre, so for me this is a huge challenge.”

Nicky will be running to raise money for the charity, Pseudomyxoma Survivor, which supports and advises patients living with the same cancer she did.

She added: “After fearing for my life when I was diagnosed with PMP, I am just so grateful I can be in a position to be able to run and try and raise money for others who are effected by PMP.

“After my surgery in 2016 I would never have believed I could run, let alone attempt a half marathon. I have raised £500 so far, but want to try and raise even more.”

To find out how to donate go to https://www.pseudomyxomasurvivor.org/nicky-ive-gone-from-0km-to-10km-in-just-over-6-months/.

It’s hoped the 2019 marathon will see an extra 3,000 runners take part compared to the first year, with a target of raising £6m for charity.