A LOVING wife has run a marathon for a cancer charity that provided care for her husband.

Tracey Barker from Ingleton spent her fourth wedding anniversary lapping a small patch of uneven land next to her house 212 times to achieve the full marathon distance.

The run, which took her just over six hours, included a total 800m climb – more than the height of Whernside, the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Tracey also ran for the charity last year, running the 108-mile Edale to Hardraw Spine Flare Race to raise funds for the foundation after her husband Richard had received care at the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, following a diagnosis of skin cancer in 2015.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring cancer treatments and services to cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Neighbours, family and friends sponsored her to the value of £215, which Tracey is going to split equally between local charities Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

“We would usually celebrate our wedding anniversary with a long walk and going out for a meal in the evening,” said Tracey.

“With that not being on this year, I thought I would come up with another way of making the day memorable.

“Throughout my marathon, Richard cheered me on from the sidelines and then we enjoyed a nice cold beer in the garden.

“I am very grateful to everyone who supported me. It made for a very special day.”