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Marathon preparations for mum of ill Gravesend pupil

PUBLISHED: 09:51 14 April 2011

Luke and Verity Batchelor. Mrs Batchelor will run the London Marathon for a charity that supports research into her son's disease.

Luke and Verity Batchelor. Mrs Batchelor will run the London Marathon for a charity that supports research into her son's disease.

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»Running for the charity that gave her support when her son was diagnosed with an incurable disease, a mother-of-four is preparing to tackle her first marathon on Sunday.

Verity Batchelor, 38, was devastated when her eight-year-old son Luke, a St Joseph’s Primary School pupil, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an incurable stomach and bowel condition.

She said: “I felt like the world had opened up beneath me. As a mother you would do anything to swap places when you find out your child is sick. He lost a lot of weight and went from running around and being so active to always wanting to sleep.”

Fortunately for Luke, now ten, the condition was spotted early and by working with specialists and with the support of Crohn’s and Colitis UK his health has improved.

To repay the charity, Mrs Batchelor, formerly of Higham but now living on the family farm near Hoo, will run the London Marathon on Sunday.

Taking up running last year, she completed the Ashford 10k run in February and the Lydd half-marathon last month. She said: “I am feeling good. I am pleased with my times. I would like to go under five hours, but I will secretly be disappointed if I’m not near four-and-a-half.”

n To sponsor Mrs Batchelor and support Crohn’s and Colitis UK visit www.justgiving.com/verity-batchelor

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