A DUNFERMLINE detective who lost her husband to a brain tumour ran the London Marathon in the hope of tracking down a cure for the killer disease.

Kerry Brown, 33, took on the challenge in memory of dad-of-four Andy, who died last July.

Devastated by her loss, she vowed to help fund the fight against the disease, which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

Kerry said: “Completing my first marathon was one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced but I was determined to cross the finish line in memory of my inspiring, brave husband.

"This devastating illness has taken Andy far too young. He didn’t deserve this and had so much to live for.

"His children do not deserve to grow up without their daddy.

"Andy was one in a million and we miss him terribly."

He died aged 33, leaving his wife and their four children, Eve, then nine, Connor, seven, Liam five, and Lewis, just five months.

Andy, an operations support manager at JP Morgan Chase in Edinburgh, was diagnosed in early January 2018 with an aggressive Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumour and underwent six major operations at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh as well as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

To the amazement of medical staff, he managed to come home for a month at the beginning of May 2018.

On the day he was discharged, Andy proposed to Kerry, his first night in their new house.

They were married last June and he continued with chemotherapy at home but, despite all the treatment, he survived just six months from diagnosis.

Kerry has raised more than £7,000 for the Brain Tumour Research charity by running in the world-famous event which saw tens of thousands of runners taking on the 26.2-mile course through the heart of London on Sunday.

A Detective Constable for Police Scotland, she was delighted to complete the course in a time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

Kerry said: “I had the most amazing support from family and friends and I’m thankful that they helped me more than meet my target of £3,000 to help fund vital research into brain tumours.

“Andy’s diagnosis came as an awful shock to us all.

"He fought this hideous disease with nothing but determination and courage and never once complained or asked ‘Why me?’

"Even when he was seriously ill in hospital back in February 2018, he persuaded the consultant to give him a day pass out and surprised me at the birth of our son, Lewis.

“Brain Tumour Research is a charity close to my heart and I hope that as well as fundraising, I can help to raise awareness of this dreadful disease.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK; it also campaigns for the government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is calling for an annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers, such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

Joe Woollcott, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in Scotland, said: “We are very grateful for Kerry’s support and congratulate her on completing the London Marathon.

"Andy’s story reminds us that brain tumours are indiscriminate and they can affect anyone at any age; we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.”

To sponsor Kerry, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kerry-McQueen