THE mum of a 13-year-old boy with sensory processing disorder has battled through wind, snow and even floods in preparation for the UK’s biggest marathon this weekend.

Llinos Garrod, 38, from Gwyddelwern, near Corwen, will take part in the London Marathon for the second year in a row on April 28.

The nurse and mum-of-two hopes to raise money for Contact, the charity which offers advice and support to all families with disabled children, regardless of their situation.

The training has been arduous amid the bad weather during the last six months, including strong winds, snow and flooding, which was particularly bad in Corwen.

Mrs Garrod said: “My son Harrison is autistic, has ADHD and a sensory processing disorder so I know first-hand the challenges families like ours can face.

"Contact is an amazing charity that has helped us as a family and they are why I am running the London Marathon this year.

Mrs Garrod has raised about £1,000 so far but has a target of £2,000.

She said: “Every penny I raise will help continue its work supporting families with vital information and advice that’s difficult to find anywhere else.

“I’ve been training all winter in the ice, snow and wind, up and down the narrow lanes of rural wales. The hardest training has been to complete a 20 mile race the day after the terrible rain, the road was flooded at mile nine, above my thighs in cold, wet and muddy water.

“Somehow I kept focused for the next 11 miles in soggy trainers, I was very cold but somehow managed to finish.”

Amanda Batten, chief executive of Contact, said: “We know that running 26 miles is a monumental challenge. We’re incredibly proud and humbled by our runners’ hard work and dedication.

“It really does make a difference and helps us provide support to families up and down the country.”

To sponsor Llinos Garrod visit her Just Giving page.