WEST LONDON SHARKS' rugby league coach is swapping bibs and cones for running shoes to raise money for charity.
Louise Latter is running the Rome Marathon next month in memory of a friend who died last year.
Sophie Drury was 34 when she lost a decade-long fight to ovarian cancer, and while Latter has played rugby union for Harlequins, Wasps and England Ladies, she never thought about running a marathon.
She said: "Sophie was an inspiration to her friends and family, and it's for Sophie that I'm running this marathon."
The two charities to benefit will be Macmillan Cancer Support and the Prospect Hospice in Swindon, where Sophie passed away.
Anyone who wishes to sponsor Latter should log onto www.sophieslegacy.org.uk and follows the links.