TWO brothers are preparing to tackle one of the world’s most popular half marathons in memory of their late mother.

Keith and John Blowes, originally from Ferryhill, aim to complete the Bupa Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday, September 7.

They will take on the 13.1 mile route as a tribute to their mother, Patricia, a former dinner lady at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, who died of cancer last April, aged 60.

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Keith, 39, a fire and safety manager now living in Northampton, and 37-year-old John, a Warrant Officer Class 2 with the Royal Signals, who lives near Spennymoor, are gathering sponsors for the run.

The money they raise will be donated to Butterwick Hospice Care, which has a hospice in Bishop Auckland.

The family has supported the hospice, along with Marie Curie and Macmillan nurses, since Mrs Blowes’ death as all three gave her care and dignity throughout the illness.

Keith Blowes said: “The hospice helped my mum when she was terminally ill with cancer and without their help, well I can't really imagine some things.

“Let’s just say they deserve every donation they receive.

“Both me and my brother, as well as my father and anyone who has ever had a terminally ill relative, will be eternally grateful for any donation made.”

To support the duo visit the JustGiving website and search for Keith Blowes.