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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Fifty answer Carlisle slimmers' call to join Race for Life

When slimmers Sue Head and Maureen Barlow put out an open invitation to other women to their weight-loss group to join them for this year’s Race for Life they weren’t expecting a small army to take up the charity challenge.

Carlisle slimmers photo
Maureen Barlow, left, and Sue Head

The pair, who have lost around 13 stone between them in the last 18 months, have recruited more than 50 like-minded slimmers on Facebook – some who they don’t even know – from the Denton Holme Slimming World group in Carlisle.

Sue, 54, of Brunstock, who has lost eight stone, and cousin Maureen, 63, from just off Wigton Road, Carlisle, who’s lost five, decided to do the run next month in memory of Maureen’s mum Lexie Foster who died of cancer aged 88 in November.

“When Maureen lost her mum last November we knew we wanted to do something, give something back and to cheer her up so we suggested doing the Race for Life,” said Sue. “We thought a few more might join us but we never expected this many. It just really took off.”

Sue has previously done the Race for Life in 2007, one year after her dad died, and weighed almost 20 stone at the time.

“Both of us have had someone die from cancer and it has probably touched everyone’s life at some point, that’s why we wanted to support this cause. It is great that everybody is from the group but some of the girls we don’t even know which is amazing,” she added.

The group have been limbering up for the event by going walking and running in their spare time and have wheelchair-bound people and mums with buggies joining them. Maureen said: “Cancer Research UK is such a worthwhile cause which has touched the majority of families at some point.”

Lynda Stock, Denton Holme Slimming World consultant, said she was proud of the ladies’ efforts. She said: “We do a charity event every year and this is our one for 2014.”

The group have also organised a party at Carlisle’s Pirelli Club immediately after the race which includes a raffle, disco and auction. They have also been raising funds by selling their pre-loved clothes and by donating change from their class fees to the cause.

To sponsor the group go to www.justgiving.com/flab-u-less or call 01228 409407.

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