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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Record entry at Race for Life in Carlisle

For everyone in this year’s record-breaking Race for Life the goal was simple – to help beat cancer once and for all.

And if there was ever an army capable of doing just that it was the 2,900 women that turned out at The Sheepmount in Carlisle yesterday.

Organisers believe that this year’s legion of competitors made up the biggest Race for Life event ever held in the city.

Women of all ages from across the region ran, jogged and walked the course raising more than £177,000 for Cancer Research UK in the process.

The runners kicked off the event in energetic fashion with a mass Mokyfit warm up and by chanting “Oi cancer – we’re coming to get you”.

There was no-one raring to go more than 85-year-old Marie-Therese Dawson from Brampton.

The pensioner suffers from arthritis in both knees and can barely walk without her sticks, yet she managed to complete her own short course with a little help from grandson Harry.

She was doing the race in memory of her sister Maureen who died of cancer 40 years ago.

“My sister died in Canada and I was with her at the time. The treatment was very harsh then compared to what it is now. I also lost another friend to cancer and I was on the at risk list for 12 years myself because mum had it, but she survived,” said Marie-Therese.

“I’m doing it because research is the most important thing. It means better and more effective treatment. The sooner we find a cure the better. Hopefully we can eradicate it for good.”

Out of the thousands of gritty, determined competitors, it was 14-year-old Emma Wright, from Sandsfield Park, Carlisle, who crossed the finish line first.

She said: “I was running today in memory of my grandad Brian. I did this last year too and came fifth. It has been really fun today.”

Have your say

What a great day this was. I brought my daughter and some school friends who wanted to raise money for such a god cause. What did spoil the whole day was the fact that (presumably) Carlisle City Council charged for parking on the day. I was actually incensed that they have profited from other people's generosity. I would encourage everyone to send their parking ticket to the council and request that the money is sent to the cause.

Posted by John on 16 July 2014 at 09:29

My auny pam has done race for life 15 years in carlisle she beat cancer so proud xxxx

Posted by lynn chapman on 16 July 2014 at 09:22

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