North Devon Macmillan nurse tackles the Marathon

Joseph Bulmer

Mezzi Franklin had planned never to enter another marathon, but when her friend fell ill she felt she owed it to her...

A North Devon Macmillan Nurse is about to break her vow never to run another marathon when she enters the world famous London event on April 17.

After a huge battle to complete the 2008 London Marathon Mezzi Franklin was not planning to do another, but when her best friend and fellow North Molton resident Roz Butt was hit by breast cancer Mezzi was inspired by her courage to once again take on the 26 mile distance.

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist at North Devon District Hospital has been busy training on Exmoor with faithful canine companion Matilda.

In 2008 she ran for Macmillan, whose support of the hospital has included development of the Supportive Care Suite on Alex ward, where patients with advanced disease can be with their families, in privacy and comfort.

But she hit the wall – the pain barrier faced by long distance runners – at 12 miles and only managed to overcome agony and reach the finish through the support of her daughters.

“I promised them I would never run another,” she said, “but when Roz was diagnosed I wanted to doi it for her and so I broke my promise!

“Watching her go through all the treatments made me realise how brave and determined she was. It made me realise this was not only Roz, it was everyone who is fighting cancer.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Mezzi for Roz’s chosen charity of Macmillan Cancer Support can go to and type Mezzi Franklin in the “sponsor a friend” box. Alternatively donations made out to “Macmillan Cancer Support” can be sent to: Mezzi Franklin, c/o Alex ward, NDDH, Barnstaple, EX32 4JB.