The daughter of one of the most recognisable women in Biggin Hill is running the London Marathon for the second consecutive year after her mum’s tragic death.

Susan 'Sue' Lewis, 56, was well-known for her jobs as a hairdresser, post lady and manager of the Biggin Hill Rainbow Unit.

She was diagnosed with terminal sarcoma in 2016 before the cancer cut short her life just five weeks later.

Trouble started when Sue, who lived in Biggin Hill her entire life, was forced off work in February 2016 after feeling rundown.

Various blood tests eventually led to the heartbreaking diagnosis, which was a "massive shock" to the family.

Her daughter, Alaina, 25, told News Shopper: "The specialist at the Royal Marsden said 'sorry it's me that has to tell you but there's no coming back from this.'"

Before her death, Alaina remembers sitting with her mum in St Thomas’ Hospital while London Marathon runners trotted past Westminster Bridge.

At the time Sue had not yet been diagnosed with sarcoma.

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"There was a massive window," Alaina recalled. "It was almost directly over Big Ben and we were just talking.

"I said, 'don’t worry mum that will be me one day' and she told me not to be so ridiculous.

"She was saying how she didn’t know how these people do it and questioned who would want to run 26 miles."

After her mum's death, Alaina soon stuck to her word and remembers running near Westminster Bridge during the gruelling marathon.

"That was emotional," she said. "I could see St Thomas’ Hospital and that was the hardest quarter of a mile. It put it in perspective of why I was doing it and to pull myself together and carry on."

Alaina laughed when she said her mum would think she was "absolutely mad" for running it for the second consecutive year on April 28.

Alaina has raised more than £4,000 for Sarcoma UK since her mum died.

She thanked her mum’s "amazing friends" and her own pals who helped raise the money.

"The charity was so supportive," Alaina said. "I wasn’t aware of sarcoma when mum was diagnosed.

"Why not now make someone else a little more aware."

Sarcoma is a cancer of the bone and soft tissue and is difficult to diagnose and just as tricky to treat.

More research is needed to help people recognise the symptoms to help patients get diagnosed quicker.