TEENAGER Tom King will be one of the youngest runners in tomorrow’s London Marathon — after turning 18 just a week before the big race.

The Turton School pupil, who celebrated his 18th birthday on April 3, is taking on the 26-mile challenge in tribute to his uncle who died of lymphoma in 2011.

Runners must be aged 18 or over to take part in the world famous marathon. He is fundraising for the Lymphoma Association.

Tom, of Higher Dunscar Road, Egerton, said: “My uncle, Allan Ramsbottom passed away in October, 2011. He went to the doctor on the Tuesday with a sore throat and by the Thursday was on life support having suffered multiple organ failure.

“Everyone knew Allan to be a fun-loving, laid-back and caring guy and he is sadly missed by all of us. He was only 20 when he died and although we had no diagnosis at the time, we have since learned that he had lymphoma.

“Lymphoma is the most common cancer in the under 30s, yet many people still haven’t heard of it.

“For this reason I want to raise awareness and money for the Lymphoma Association which provides information and support to families affected by the disease.”

Tom has already hit his £1,500 fundraising target. He added: “Thanks to so many generous people, I’ve already exceeded my fundraising target but I aim to raise as much as possible.

“I’ve been following a 17-week training plan, training four or five times a week. It’s been really tough actually, as I’ve never done anything like this before.

“The head of the PE department at my school is an elite marathon runner, and ran the London Marathon two years ago, so he’s given me lots of support and advice. Even though I’m pretty nervous, I’m just hoping I make it across the finish line.”

To sponsor Tom, go to allan.ramsbottom.muchloved.com or by contact the Lymphoma Association fundraising team on 01296 619419.