Fizzing with fun on 5k for sports char­ity

Bangor Mail - - CHARITY FOCUS -

BETSI Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board and Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port have teamed up to run events of­fer­ing ad­vice on a range of is­sues as­so­ci­ated with can­cer and its treat­ment.

The next event, which is open to res­i­dents from across Conwy and Den­bighshire, takes place at Conwy Busi­ness Cen­tre, Llan­dudno Junc­tion, on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26, from 9.30am un­til 1pm.

The ses­sions are open to any­body af­fected by can­cer, in­clud­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, with par­tic­i­pants wel­come to drop in at a con­ve­nient time.

In­for­ma­tion on diet and life­style, fa­tigue man­age­ment and emo­tional sup­port, and ac­cess to lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices will all be cov­ered on the day. Ad­vice and guid­ance on wel­fare ben­e­fits will also be avail­able.

Han­nah Hughes, Macmil­lan Health & Well­be­ing Project Lead for North Wales, said: “More than 300 peo­ple re­ceived sup­port, ad­vice and guid­ance

MORE than 170 women took to the prom­e­nade in Llan­dudno at the start of Septem­ber for the an­nual Fizzy Fri­day 5K Fun Run, rais­ing money for the Net­work She Foun­da­tion, to sup­port women and girls in sport.

Par­tic­i­pants gath­ered at The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel for their first fizz stop, be­fore mak­ing their way over to the start line on the prom­e­nade.

Dave Pave­ley, from North Wales Honda and Jade Pave­ley Mo­tor­sport, set the women off on their way to their next fizz stop at the Llan­dudno Bay Ho­tel.

All par­tic­i­pants then jogged, ran and walked back along the prom to the Kings Head Pub, re­turn­ing to the seafront for their fourth fizz stop, at the St. Ge­orges Ho­tel, be­fore rac­ing to the fin­ish line out­side The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel.

Par­tic­i­pants could be seen along the prom­e­nade laugh­ing and en­joy­ing every mo­ment of the event, and cel­e­brat­ing as they crossed the fin­ish line! at the health and well­be­ing ses­sions run across North Wales last year, and we’re hop­ing to sup­port even more peo­ple and their fam­i­lies this year.

“The feed­back we had was fan­tas­tic, with plenty of valu­able ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple to take away. This year, we have a range of ex­perts for peo­ple to talk to in an in­for­mal set­ting, in­clud­ing nurs­ing spe­cial­ists, di­eti­cians, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, phys­io­ther­a­pists, psy­chol­o­gists and Lym­phoedema nurses.

“Any­body af­fected by can­cer is wel­come to at­tend, and can bring a friend or fam­ily mem­ber along for sup­port if they wish. The ses­sions are friendly, in­for­mal and re­ally wel­com­ing, and we hope they’ll help pro­vide valu­able ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion to that al­ready pro­vided by the Health Board.”

To book a place, or for more in­for­ma­tion, call 01745 445214, or email BCU. healthandwell­be­ing@wales. nhs.uk

They had trav­elled from across North Wales to take partt and some came from as far away as Sh­effield and Not­ting­ham!

Par­tic­i­pant Claire Jones said “I’ve had an amaz­ing evening yet again, with a great sense of fun and friend­ship amongst ev­ery­one. What bet­ter mo­ti­va­tion to run than glasses of Pros­ecco along the way!”

The ladies be­hind the Fizzy Fri­day 5K Fun Run are Ruth Lloyd Wil­liams and Me­lanie Law­ton, from Net­work She, and Caroline Roberts, from Bella the Pros­ecco Van.

We caught up with Ruth Lloyd Wil­liams to find out how this year’s event com­pared to last year…

“This year’s event has seen more women en­ter and it’s been great to see women take part for the sec­ond year run­ning, along­side some new faces too!

“The Fizzy Fri­day 5K is all about em­pow­er­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion and we were thrilled to be told by one fun run­ner that a num­ber of the women had met for the first time at last year’s Fizzy Fri­day 5K as com­plete novices. They have since de­vel­oped a run­ning group that meets reg­u­larly and now have mem­bers reg­is­tered to run the Cardiff Half in Oc­to­ber.

“They would never have met and would never have ex­pe­ri­enced the friend­ship and en­cour­age­ment had it not been for the Fizzy Fri­day 5K,”

Caroline Roberts also added, “We’ve loved watch­ing ev­ery­one’s re­ac­tion as they’ve crossed the fin­ish line and we’d also like to say a mas­sive thank you to each and every per­son who vol­un­teered to mar­shal at this year’s event. With­out you, the event wouldn’t be pos­si­ble, not only from a health and safety point of view but also the sup­port you gave to each par­tic­i­pant run­ning past too!”

Once ev­ery­one had crossed the fin­ish line it didn’t stop there ei­ther, as par­tic­i­pants and mar­shals made their way to the af­ter-party, hosted by The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, where they danced the night away!

Five fizz stops and an af­ter -party where you can dance the night away in trainers, what more could you want! All that’s left to say is… roll on 2019!

Conwy res­i­dents af­fected by can­cer are in­vited to free ses­sions of­fer­ing ad­vice and guid­ance on health and well­be­ing

Some par­tic­i­pants of the Fizzy Fri­day 5K Fun Run

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