Over a 1,000 women and girls took part in the Race for Life in Mid­dles­brough in aid of Can­cer Re­search UK.

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN Claire McGee’s gran­dad went for a check up, he thought he had pneu­mo­nia.

Nine days later, his fam­ily was forced to say their good­byes.

It was can­cer.

“He didn’t have any symp­toms, he just thought he was a bit poorly,” said 39-yearold Claire.

On Sun­day, along with her 11-year-old daugh­ter Maisie, she took part in the Can­cer Re­search Race for Life.

Around 1,000 oth­ers, all with sim­i­lar heart­break­ing sto­ries, joined her.

Among them was Whitby’s Deb­o­rah Reddy, who knows how aw­ful can­cer is. Her mum and nan both had it.

But yes­ter­day morn­ing, par­tially down to the good work done by Can­cer Re­search UK, she tack­led the 5k course with her mum.

“Thank­fully they caught it early and she didn’t have to even have chemo­ther­apy,” said the 33-year-old.

Women of all ages, lots of chil­dren and even a few dogs created a sea of pink at Mid­dles­brough’s Cen­tre Square start line.

Some ran. Oth­ers walked. A few were pushed around in wheel­chairs.

To­gether, they de­fi­antly stood up to a dis­ease which an es­ti­mated 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple are liv­ing with in Bri­tain.

Funds raised at yes­ter­day’s event will go to­wards try­ing to find a cure.

“Life-sav­ing re­search is be­ing funded right now thanks to the women of Mid­dles­brough run­ning, jog­ging or walk­ing at Race for Life,” said Harry Hardiker, Can­cer Re­search UK’s Mid­dles­brough event man­ager.

“Race for Life isn’t about be­ing the fittest, fastest or first over the fin­ish line - it’s the tak­ing part that counts.”

Run­ners tak­ing part in the Race for Life in Mid­dles­brough in aid of Can­cer Re­search UK

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