THE family of a much-loved man who died of a brain tumour will be honouring his memory at the Virgin London Marathon this year.

Ian Roberts, from Oscroft, was just 41 when he died following a four-year battle with an aggressive tumour in November 2010.

But the married father-of-two never let his plight get him down and lived bravely with his cancer, maintaining a positive attitude until the very end.

As a tribute to Ian, and to raise funds for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, Ian’s brother-in-law Andy Butler will be running the 26.2-mile race on April 22, just a day before what would have been Ian’s 43rd birthday.

Andy’s daughter Hatty was originally due to be taking part in the marathon too, but has had to pull out due to a clash with A-level exams.

Already, friends and family have raised a staggering £5,585 for the trust, which funds scientific and clinical research into child and adult brain tumours, by organising various fundraisers, surpassing their initial target of £5,000.

Ian’s sister Suzie Butler, who is married to Andy, said it was ‘amazing’ so much has been raised for the trust, which is the largest brain tumour support charity in the UK.

“Every penny of it will go to the trust, we just wanted to do something positive for them which is why we’ve been doing all sorts of things to raise money every year,” said Suzie, who lives in Malpas.

“My brother was wonderful, he was such a great brother and what he went through was horrendous but he had such a positive spirit for the remainder of his life – his motto was ‘it is what it is, so let’s get on with it’.

“Andy is quite sporty anyway but he wanted to do the London Marathon because it is the biggest one, really.

“He’s doing this for Ian – they were very close, as indeed we were all such a very close family, and Ian is very much missed.”

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