A WIDOW from Cardrona is set to walk the streets of London in memory of her late husband.

And Gill Lowther has also managed to rope four of her friends into pulling on their trainers as well for the marathon hike.

Matt Lowther died last year following a brave 18-month battle against an aggressive brain tumour.

The 38-year-old dad moved to the Peeblesshire village in 2011 with his wife and two children after securing a move through work from London to Edinburgh.

Since Matt's death his two children have fundraised for the Brain Tumour Research charity along with classmates at Kingsland Primary School.

And later this month his wife will attempt to raise £2740 - the cost of a day's research work - for the same charity.

Gill told us: "Brain Tumour Research will always be my charity of choice and we will be doing the walk in memory of Matt.

"We are hoping to raise enough money to fund a day's research into brain tumours."

Gill will be joined by friends Joanna Lea, Camilla Milne, Emily Cruickshanks and Lorna McNae on Saturday, September 23 for the 26.1 mile walk across London.

Although the Discovery Adventure Marathon is an organised event with routes, leaders and marshals, Gill and her pals will still have to contend with the crowds as well as the distance.

And it estimated the walk will take between eight and nine hours to complete.

Gill added: "I wasn't at a great level of fitness when I signed up so it has been a painful few months to prepare.

"I didn't want to do it on my own and when I asked my friends they all, surprisingly, said 'yes'.

"Covering 26 miles will be difficult especially when we reach the crowded parts of London.

"We are planning one final big training walk this week and then we will ease off ahead of going to London."

The Discovery Adventure Marathon route takes in the Thames embankment, Hyde Park Corner, Regent’s Park, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.

Gill and her friends have already raised almost £2,000 towards their target.

A cake and bake sale is being held at Kingsland Primary School next week to also support the charity.

And on October 21 Joanna, along with her fellow members of the Peebles Concert Band, will hold a concert in the town to support both Brain Tumour Research and the Margaret Kerr Unit.

To support Gill and her friends go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aweestrollroundLondonshesaid