Alex Capon, oncology dietitian at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust and based in Poole, is running in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 The 29-year-old was due to run in the 2020 event, which was cancelled due to the pandemic and has already raised £2,650 through bakes sales, a quiz night and raffles.

 Alex said:“From a young age I remember cancer taking loved ones too early, putting lives on hold and requiring gruelling treatment. I also remember how supportive Macmillan were, including when my nan had cancer 10 years ago,

 “I’ve seen first-hand the support Macmillan gives to people with cancer. In my current role I can signpost patients to their information as well as their emotional, financial and physical support, whatever type of cancer they have. As last year’s event was cancelled, I’m really looking forward to running this year.”

 Although training hasn’t started in earnest yet, Alex runs every week and aims to complete the marathon in under 4 hours.

 Asked what her top tips for those looking to run marathons, Alex says, “I have found that joining a running club really helps with training, developing both stamina and speed. It’s also important to make sure you have the right fuel for the run, including water to keep hydrated. The distance can seem daunting at first, but as your training progresses and you build up the mileage, your mental approach changes and you know you can do it.”

 Ryan Howarth, relationship fundraising manager for Macmillan, adds, “We are immensely proud of Alex and everyone who is raising money for Macmillan through events like the 41st Virgin Money London Marathon. Going the extra mile will help Macmillan do whatever it takes to help everyone living with cancer.”

 You can support Alex through her giving page at