Mum-of-three Sallyanne Ellington is getting ready to pound the streets of London as she tackles her first marathon.

Miss Ellington, 32, is raising money for The Institute of Cancer Research in memory of her dad, Michael Jeffrey, 51, who died of cancer seven years to the race day on April 13.

The date makes the challenge even more poignant for Miss Ellington, who will be thinking of her dad as runs the 26.2 miles. It will also be her daughter, Sophie’s, eighth birthday.

As part of her marathon challenge, Miss Ellington, Sophie and her younger daughter Kirsten, six, are each having seven inches cut off their hair next Friday.

This is to support the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

There will also be a community Metafit fitness event in The Walks at King’s Lynn on March 29 at 10am.

Miss Ellington, of Emneth, has attended the Lynn-based Motiv8 classes run by Mark Flowers as part of her marathon preparations.

Mr Flowers is organising the record-breaking Metafit session and is urging the public to turn up on the day.

A donation of around £5 is requested to take part in the hour-long workout, which is for all ages and fitness levels.

It will be held at the football stadium end of The Walks.

Family and friends are supporting Miss Elllington on marathon day and her sister, Stacey Rudd, 29, is also running, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

The sisters both have charity places. They need to raise a minimum of £2,000 but hope to net £3,500.

Miss Ellington, who works as a NHS accountant, said her mum had been fantastic holding two charity bingos in the village.

Looking ahead to the day, Miss Ellington said: “I am excited. It has been a lot of hard work, running three times a week as well as the classes, it is a big commitment.

“But I have really enjoyed it. Stacey and I have said we would like to carry on and maybe do New York or Paris marathons next year.”

You can sponsor Miss Ellington at: www.justgiving.com/sallyanne-ellington