Cricket legend’s daughter vows to beat time in London Marathon after being inspired by grandma to raise money for Alzheimer’s

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A Northampton woman is running this month’s Virgin Money London Marathon to raise much needed cash for dementia research.

A Northampton woman is running this month’s Virgin Money London Marathon to raise much needed cash for dementia research.

Katie Lamb, the daughter of legendary England and Northamptonshire cricketer Allan Lamb, is running the gruelling 26-mile race after her own grandmother was struck down by the illness.

The 28-year-old, who works in marketing and PR in London, said she was determined to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s research charity BRACE after seeing how the illness had affected her beloved grandmother.

Katie said: “My grandma was such a strong-minded, independent woman and the illness has taken that from her, it’s incredibly sad to see.

“It may be too late for grandma but scientific research really does hold the key to finding treatments and hopefully one day a cure for dementia. That’s why I wanted to support BRACE, because their sole focus is research.”

Katie admits that she also had another motivation for completing the April 26 race as quickly as possible.

She added: “It’s 21 years since my dad did the London Marathon and he finished in 4 hours 47 minutes, I’m determined I’m going to beat that or I’ll never hear the end of it!”

The cricketing theme to Katie’s marathon goes beyond her famous father as she will be running with Kellie Hayden, the wife of Australian cricketing great Matthew Hayden.

Mark Poarch, chief executive of BRACE, wished Katie all the best for the race.

He said: “I’m always hugely impressed when anyone contemplates running a marathon for us, it’s no mean feat.

“The money raised by Katie, and all our other runners, is absolutely vital in the continuing effort to discover meaningful treatments for dementia – something that I’m confident will eventually come.”

BRACE supports a number of research teams in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire (UWE), Devon and South Wales.

Dementia affects 1 in 20 of the over 65s and 1 in 5 of the over 80s but it should not be thought of as a normal part of ageing.

To support Katie’s run go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=KatieannLamb

For more information on BRACE visit http://www.alzheimers-brace.org/