First marathon... at a Cantor

MEMORIES: Elliott with his sister, Justine

ELLIOTT Cantor has had little to no running experience. But that hasn’t stopped him from entering Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon.

The 30-year-old, who attended the University of Manchester, will be running in memory of his sister, Justine, who died in August, 2011, from skin cancer at the age of just 27.

Elliott will be raising funds for Tenovus Cancer Care.

The Cardiff-based charity offers treatment, emotional support and practical advice.

And they have helped thousands of cancer patients cope after a diagnosis.

Cardiff-raised Elliott, a digital marketing manager, said: “I have never done any proper running before, apart from when I have played football.

“It will be a huge challenge for me, having never even ran a mile in my life, but 26.2 miles is nothing compared to the battle so many people are facing daily.

“I am hoping to complete the course in five-and-a-half hours, but I am not thinking about my time too much, as I am not planning to compete with Mo Farah!”

Sunday will also be a poignant day for Elliott and his family, as it marks the birthdays of his late maternal grandmother, Rita Shoot, and his late paternal aunt, Rachel Dennis, who both died from cancer.

“Justine was one of the nicest, kindest people you could meet,” Elliot said.

“She was very outgoing and would always go out of her way to help someone.”

Supporting Elliott on Sunday will be his parents, Bernice and Ross Cantor, fiancée Simone Benjamin, who is from Glasgow, sister Natasha Freiberger and friend Alex Leventhal.

And he will be hoping for a little boost the night earlier, when promotion-chasing Cardiff City, whom he follows home and away, take on Nottingham Forest.


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