Today I did the Race For Life in Maidstone. This was my seventh year taking part and even though as I type this, I’m aching in places I didn’t even know I had, I’m so glad I did it.
I’m not in the peak or physical fitness, clearly. However, as long as I can pull on my leggings, lace up my trainers and get there, I will take part. I did the 5K track in 45 minutes (my personal best) and I’m very proud. It’s an emotional journey as everyone who takes part in the race has a back sign with their own reason as to why they are doing it.
2015 is quite a significant year as to why I’m taking part. As some of you know, ten years ago when I was 16, I lost my mum to cancer; Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Also in 2001 I lost my nan to breast cancer. I will do all I can to fight. I race for life so no child is left without their parent as I was. I race for life so no mother has to ever again tell her daughter that she won’t be around for much longer. I race and raise money to end this terrible disease that takes so many of our loved ones every year.
This year, I was lucky enough to be invited onto the stage in front of the hundreds of amazing women racing in a sea of pink to talk about my wonderful mum and why the Race For Life is so important to me. Without her determination and drive, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, she taught me everything. I have so much to thank her for and I try my hardest to make her proud each day. Let’s keep racing, keep raising money and together, we CAN beat cancer.