Leukaemia survivor off and running

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A YOUNG woman from Edinburgh who beat leukaemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant is in training for the Bupa Great North Run.

Alison Gillespie, 21, will run the half marathon on September 18 to raise money for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The event is expected to involve 54,000 runners.

Alison, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 18 after going to hospital with a sore knee, went through five months of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at the Western General Hospital before receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant in December 2008.

Alison is now in remission and has restarted a course in child nursing at Dundee University.

She said: “I want to give something back to a charity that helped save my life.”

To sponsor Alison, visit www.justgiving.com/alisongillespie2