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Stortford mum runs London Marathon with her 70-year-old marathon newbie mother

Mother and daughter Judi Wilson and Abbi Blakey ran the Virgin Money London Marathon together as they took a stand against Alzheimer's disease – an illness from which their husband and father, Roger, suffers.

Judi Wilson and Abbi Blakey (9351755)
Judi Wilson and Abbi Blakey (9351755)

Abbi, 41, lives in St Michael's Mead with husband Richard, 42, and children Megan, 9, and William, 7, who attend Manor Fields Primary School.

She explained: "My mum was 70 on April 18 and has always wanted to run a marathon, so it was an opportunity not to miss for me to run it with her for this campaign."

Judi and Roger, who is 75 on Tuesday (April 30), live in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and have been married since 1972. In May 2016, Roger was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Judi has since given up her teaching career to become his full-time carer.

It has been heart-wrenching for his loved ones to witness him battle the debilitating illness.

Judi said: "His short-term memory has completely gone. He has no interest in reading, the Guardian crossword, cooking or gardening – the things he loved the most.

"He struggles when the family get together as he forgets names, has difficulty in joining in and finds it hard to cope with noisy grandchildren."

Abbi, a membership manager for the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS), did her first marathon in Milton Keynes, Bucks, the year her dad was diagnosed.

At the time, she decided that once was enough – but when her mum said that she wanted to run this year's London Marathon, Abbi decided to do it with her.

They opted to run for Dementia Revolution, a one-year amalgamation of Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's UK, and the London Marathon charity of the year.

"We got places and were then invited to become key revolutionaries by the charity," Abbi said.

Judi Wilson and Abbi Blakey (9351751)
Judi Wilson and Abbi Blakey (9351751)

On the charity's website, Abbi and Judi are pictured on the homepage alongside five other marathon runners.

They finished Sunday's race in a time of 5 hours 10 minutes 8 seconds.

Together, mother and daughter have raised almost £11,000, including Gift Aid. To add to their fundraising total, visit their online donation page.

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