Ian Rhodes-Elson, 47, son Christopher, 13, and daughter Kayleigh, 11, will be skating their way around Goodwood race circuit near Chichester as part of the South Coast Roll on Sunday, May 31. They are raising money for Cancer Research UK and St Johns Hospice, near Bedford, where Ians wife, Michaela, died in 2010, only eight weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Ian plans to do 11 laps of the 2.4-mile track, which is approximately the distance of a full marathon, though hes not expecting quite as much from the children I went to the South Coast Roll with friends last year, just for fun, said Ian. This time I decided to do the marathon challenge and thought, Why not raise money for charity at the same time? So far, the family has raised £375 for the hospice and £175 for Cancer Research, but Ian would like to reach £500 each for the charities. Kayleigh went to a roller skating party a few years ago and loved it. Its now something weve taken to doing as a family. The Rhodes-Elsons are now regulars at One Leisure in St Neots on a Saturday, where Kayleigh and her dad take part in the technical sessions and Christopher plays roller hockey for St Neots Sharks. The circuit at Goodwood is said to be gently undulating and reasonably level, though Ian admits its not as smooth as hed like. You come away shaken and stirred. The plan is to do it in one hit, then collapse. Some people stop and have picnics during the day, but I dont think my legs would work again if I did that. Sadly, the following Monday is a school day, so whatever happens, Ian faces a three-and-a-half-hour drive back to Little Paxton. INFORMATION: Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Ian-Rhodes-Elson1/.