Fun run for slim­mers

Group raise £842 for wor­thy cause

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A group of Croft­foot slim­mers were mak­ing a run for it re­cently - but it was all for a good cause.

They earned £842.50 for Can­cer Re­search UK by hold­ing their very own 5K in King’s Park.

The 26 par­tic­i­pants, who have lost a com­bined weight of 46 stone at Slim­ming World, were cheered on by fam­ily and friends as they went on the run.

Christina El­lis, who runs the Croft­foot group ev­ery week at St. Oswalds Epis­co­pal Church, felt the run was a hit with the club mem­bers.

She said: “It was a fan­tas­tic event and the at­mos­phere was buzzing, not even the rain could dampen our spir­its.

“We saw par­tic­i­pants young and old en­ter, with a broad range of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and fit­ness lev­els and my mum even took part in her wheel­chair - thank­fully I had help push­ing her!

“I’m so pleased with how much we raised for Can­cer Re­search UK and I think the event showed peo­ple just how mo­ti­vat­ing be­ing part of a group like ours can be.

“Money raised will go to­wards help­ing Can­cer Re­search UK to fund pi­o­neer­ing, life-sav­ing re­search into the preven­tion, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of can­cer.”

The aim was to raise aware­ness about how a healthy weight and be­ing ac­tive can help im­prove health and re­duce the risk of cer­tain can­cers.

Croft­foot woman Pauline Jen­nings, who has lost 1st 4lb since join­ing, added: “I ran the 5k for my fa­therin-law. It’s a cause very close to my heart and it was re­ally im­por­tant to me to cross that fin­ish line - I’d run any­where for him.

“I def­i­nitely wouldn’t have done some­thing like this be­fore I found Slim­ming World, but since los­ing weight I’ve got so much energy and feel much health­ier, hap­pier and more con­fi­dent – I’m so proud of my­self and our group.”

Ruther­glen woman Kerry-Anne Cur­ran said: “Reach­ing this mile­stone as a group just proves the huge change that we’ve all made to our lives, some peo­ple who’ve lost big amounts of weight have prob­a­bly even saved their lives.

“It’s bril­liant to celebrate to­gether as well be­cause that’s how we’ve been los­ing weight – to­gether. Ev­ery week we sup­port and en­cour­age each other and share tips and recipes, and on top of that we have a lot of fun.”

The Croft­foot Slim­ming World group meet ev­ery Tues­day at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at St. Oswalds Epis­co­pal Church. For more info call Christina on 07733 538 448.

It was a fan­tas­tic event and the at­mos­phere was buzzing

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