A RUNNER planning to complete 12 marathons in as many months has vowed to continue his quest to raise more than £1,500 for charity.

But Graeme Staddon has also pledged to comply with all the "social distancing" guidance issued by the government in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Graeme is bidding to raise vital funds for cancer organisations after two members of his family were diagnosed with the disease.

His father-in-law, Tony Rest, a chemistry professor at Southampton University, died of prostate cancer in 2016 aged 73.

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The following year his father, John Staddon, 79, was diagnosed with breast cancer - a rare condition in men - and had to have an operation.

Graeme, 51, of Thorney Hill, near Bransgore, said: "Coronavirus has changed things in all our worlds but government guidelines say I can still run – and I intend to."

He was planning to run in the Southampton Marathon but the event has been postponed so he has decided to complete a self-organised marathon from the Vitality Stadium - home of Bournemouth FC - to St Mary's Stadium in Southampton - on April 4.

Graeme said: "It will be a little bit longer than a marathon at 28 miles but a challenge that I have wanted to do for a while.

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"As per government guidelines I will be keeping at least two meters away from anyone I encounter on route. If things change in regards to coronavirus I will be going along with any guidance provided.

"I am doing this for two charities which are close to my heart - Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.

"I know things will be tough for a while for all of us but if you can spare anything it is all appreciated and going to two great causes."