Michelle Evans is running Sunday’s marathon for the British Heart Foundation

A woman from Ilfracombe will be running with a picture of her parents close to hand as she takes on the London Marathon.

Michelle Evans will take on the 26.2 miles this Sunday for the British Heart Foundation, and is hoping to raise £2,200.

Michelle lost her father to a heart attack in 1999, on the same day her son Oliver turned four.

After her mother passed away suddenly in July 2015, she made the decision to enter.

The 50-year-old said her preparations for the gruelling race have helped her get through a 'really difficult period in life'.

"My Mum passed away unexpectedly in July 2015 at the age of 68 which was a horrible shock," she said.

"I have been struggling with my grief so thought it would be a good idea to have something else to focus on to help get me through a really difficult period in my life.

"Although it has been emotional at times, I think that it really is helping."

When Sunday comes, Michelle will have her parents close to hand should the run become difficult.

She said: "I will have a photo of my dearest mum and dad pinned to my running cap, so when I am feeling at a low point I will take my cap off and look at the photo for a little boost and remind myself why I am doing it."

You can help Michelle's fundraising for the British Heart Foundation by visiting her Just Giving page.