A FITNESS fanatic will be running two marathons in the space of two weeks to raise money in memory of iconic Prodigy singer Keith Flint.

Personal trainer Katy Fidler is taking on both Boston and London marathons in April in aid of mental health charity Mind.

The Braintree woman said she was inspired to support the cause after Flint, who she became friends with as a regular at a pub in the town, took his own life on March 4.

Ms Fidler said: “My son Kane’s father Dave Palmer was very good friends with Keith and Kane spoke to him on the phone the day before he died.

“Keith’s death highlighted the fact that you do not know what is going on inside people’s heads.

“Quite often it is the people who appear the happiest and who are the life and soul of the party who are struggling.

“Dave has videos of the two of them playing golf in the garden the very day before he took his own life. He was happy and jolly when he spoke to my son.”

Ms Fidler, 43, lost her mother Sally to suicide when she was just five years old.

“My mum’s death had a huge effect on me and it changed my whole life,” she said.

“My youngest daughter has had her own problems with mental health too. It just made sense for me to raise money for Mind.”

So far more than £700 has been donated to Ms Fidler’s appeal, and she is hopeful mourning Prodigy fans will rally around to boost the total.

The experienced runner, who has completed 20 marathons in the past, said: “Dave has been invited to the funeral and he is going to ask Liam Howlett if he will share the appeal.

“I am also contacting the Boston Marathon organisers in the hopes a few American Prodigy fans would like to donate.

“But I am under no pressure and whatever I raise is better than nothing.”

Donate at justgiving.com/fundraising/katy-fidler3.