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Posted: 03/07/09

College girls proud of their 'Race for Life'

Over 30 members of West Nottinghamshire College staff donned their racing legs and pink attire on Sunday 21 June at Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment Race For Life.

Cancer research UK’s Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK.  Over 680,000 women this year will do something amazing and come together to help beat cancer.

The group proudly completed the 5km course within just one hour, with many of the staff taking part in memory of a loved one or to give hope for a cancer-free future.

One lady who took part knows exactly what it’s like living with cancer.  Amanda Andrews, Sales Co-ordinator for the College’s Basic and Key Skills Builder team, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2008. 

She said: “Having completed my cancer treatment, which was quite difficult at times, I knew that I wanted to take part in Race For Life as a way of giving something back to Cancer Research.”

Another lady, Emma Jaques, wanted to take part in this year’s Race For Life as cancer has claimed the lives of four of her relatives all within the last year including both of her grandfathers.   

Paula Robinson, based at Mansfield Library Learning Centre, wheeled her way round the 5km course in her wheelchair in memory of her grandfather who died of stomach cancer, and a close relative who survived skin cancer and who had recently died of old age. 

Rachael Evans, Sports Co-ordinator, said: “Everyone who took part from the College commented on how much they enjoyed the race and whether they ran jogged or walked - all felt a feeling of great accomplishment.”