5k The length of muddy char­ity track

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ADARING duo are plan­ning on get­ting pretty muddy in their fight against can­cer.

Alison Wal­lace and Sheila McKenna will take part in Can­cer Re­search UK’s Race for Life chal­lenge at Heaton Park.

The women will be tak­ing part in the Pretty Muddy event – a womenonly, mud-filled 5k ob­sta­cle course.

This is the first time the event is be­ing held in Greater Manch­ester and the two Old­ham women have signed up in mem­ory of their dads.

Mum-of-one Alison, 48, of Delph, lost her dad Mike McTear to can­cer of the bowel and liver in Septem­ber 2012 just weeks af­ter he was di­ag­nosed.

She said: “Los­ing my dad was a com­plete and ut­ter blow. We went from think­ing that there wasn’t much wrong with him, to then learn­ing he was ter­mi­nally ill.

“All his life my dad was fit and well and was work­ing part-time right up un­til his di­ag­no­sis. We had a very spe­cial bond with my dad. He was a lovely, lovely man and we feel priv­i­leged that we could all pitch in and care for him dur­ing his fi­nal days.”

Her friend Sheila, 58, from Lees, also lost her fa­ther, Wil­liam Wharfe, to bowel can­cer in 2000.

The Pretty Muddy event will take place at Heaton Park on Satur­day, July 11.

The nor­mal Race for Life 5k and 10k events will take place the next day.

Jane Bul­lock, Can­cer Re­search UK’s north west spokes­woman, said: “We’re so grate­ful to Alison and Sheila for their sup­port and we hope that lo­cal women will be in­spired by their courage and sign up for their Pretty Muddy event to­day.”

To en­ter any of the events visit race­for­life.org or call 0300 123 0770.

Alison Wal­lace is tak­ing part in a Pretty Muddy event in July

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