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Running stitch for marathon woman
Susie Hewer running and knitting
Susie Hewer is taking a big ball of wool to the London Marathon
Among the thousands of people running the London Marathon in wacky costumes, or taking strange items with them, will be a Sussex woman knitting a scarf.

Susie Hewer, from Ewhurst Green, near Robertsbridge, is raising money for the Alzheimer's Research Trust.

Her participation is in memory of her mother Peggy, a dementia sufferer who died two years ago.

Ms Hewer hopes to set a first world record for "longest scarf knitted while running a marathon".

She said: "I'm going to be using large-sized needles and wearing a little apron so I can carry my yarn with me."

Ms Hewer will have to complete the 26-mile marathon with her knitting intact in order to claim a world record on Sunday.

Rebecca Wood, from the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: "Susie's a great person. It's a novel idea and we were pretty amazed."

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