Louth woman laces up for marathon in dad’s memory

Laura Meston is running the London Marathon in April.
Laura Meston is running the London Marathon in April.

A grandma from Louth is hoping to raise £2,000 in memory of her late dad by running the London Marathon on April 21.

Laura Meston, 42, has been inspired by the death of her dad Michael Whitman, a well known figure in the town, last year to take on her first ever marathon.

Michael died three years ago aged 63 after suffering from Alzheimer’s, and Laura is aiming to give something back to the Alzheimer’s Society.

“When my dad was ill we got so much support from the Alzheimer’s Society so I thought it’s now or never,” she said.

Michael, a driving instructor, was involved with Louth and District Lions for many years before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his late 50s.

Laura used to be in the RAF and is now a housewife and mum of three, and admits the 26.2 mile route is daunting.

“I’m very much running under the guise of intermediate, I’m not running for a specific time as I just want to finish,” she continued.

“I missed out on the ballot this year but then I found out in October that I’d actually got a place through the charity.

“The training is all new to me, so far I’ve reached 15 miles and I need to get to around 18.

“I’ve done a few 10ks before but nothing like this, I have a couple of friends running too which will be a big help though.

“Now I’ve reached 15 miles I’d say I’m quite confident.

“It was so hard to get my dad diagnosed, but there’s been so much progress since then.”

People can sponsor Laura by visiting her Just Giving site, calling 07947 972077 or through the collection buckets which can be found in Argos in Eastgate and Jackson’s Builders on the Fairfield Industrial Estate.