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Beat an eat­ing disor­der, and run to re­mem­ber

Rosie Bye’s hus­band, Chris, died from sar­coma, an ag­gres­sive form of cancer, when he was just 40. Rosie, a mu­sic teacher from the West Mid­lands, wanted to find a way of cel­e­brat­ing Chris’s life, as well as rais­ing aware­ness and funds for the char­ity Sar­coma UK. ‘I’ve al­ways en­joyed run­ning, so I de­cided to run 40 5Ks – one to mark each year of his life,’ she says.

The runs so far have been a mix­ture of char­ity races, solo out­ings and tread­mill runs. ‘It’s been phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing,’ says Rosie, 39. ‘Chris was not only my hus­band, he was also my best friend. Dur­ing the nine months he was ill, he was al­ways spurring me on to run, as he knew it helped to take my mind off things and give me some fo­cus.’

In July, Rosie took part in the Race for Life 5K event in Dud­ley. ‘I’d last done it in July 2013 and it was the last race Chris watched me run, so it had spe­cial mean­ing for me,’ she says.

With 34 5Ks ticked off, Rosie has al­most reached her tar­get. What next? ‘To be hon­est, I don’t an­tic­i­pate stop­ping at 40 races. This chal­lenge has helped me feel I’m do­ing some­thing mean­ing­ful in the wake of Chris’s death and I want to con­tinue help­ing Sar­coma UK.’ just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/julie-lane6

PINK LADIES Rosie (mid­dle) with Natalie Phalp and Wan­phen Farrington at the Race for Life In Dud­ley

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