Race For Life Events Start In Northampton & Welwyn

7 June 2015, 06:00

Today sees our first Race For Life events raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Stuart and Katy will be at Northampton's Abington Park today cheering on women who are taking part.

Heart is also at the Welwyn Hatfield race in Stanborough Park. Full detaisl on both races are below:

Welwyn & Hatfield: Sunday 7th June 2015 at 11am
Stanborough Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DQ
Distance: 10k

Northampton: Sunday 7th June 2015 at 10am
Abington Park, Abington Park Crescent, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 3AD
Distance: 10k

Northampton: Sunday 7th June 2015 at 2pm
Abington Park, Abington Park Crescent, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 3AD
Distance: 5k


Thousands of women will be taking part at events up and down the country over the next few weeks.

To mark our first races in Herts, Beds, Bucks & Northants Heart spoke to Teressa Jolley, who has incurable liver cancer and is rallying women to join her in the fight against the disease by entering races.

Teressa, who's 50, will be the guest of honour at Northampton's 5k and 10k events and is leading the warm-up. Despite being in treatment she will then dance zumba-style around the 5k course with 70 other zumba queens - on top of that she will run the 10k in the morning.
The 50-year-old zumba instructor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Teressa had chemotherapy and a mastectomy but then received the devastating news that the disease had spread to her liver and operating was not an option.

Teressa was told it is unlikely she will ever be clear of cancer, her treatment aims to manage the disease and keep it under control.
Teressa said: "I've had some very dark days and it's hard to explain what that means but it's like the whole world is coming down on you.
"I asked myself once, 'Why me?' I thought about it and said to myself, 'I'm a 5ft 7 women with green eyes, so why not me? What makes me so special to not have this happen to me? This can happen to anyone.'

Hear Heart's full interview with Theressa here:

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer.

Last year, 4830 women took part in Race for Life in Northampton and raised a fantastic £271,000. This year, organisers need 5000 women and girls to rally together to help raise £275,000 for vital research.

Michelle Leighton, Cancer Research UK's Northampton Events Manager, said: "I hope Teressa's story will encourage other women to sign up for Race for Life while there's still time. There are under two weeks to go so time really is running out.

"The events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. It's about an army of women standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against cancer. All of our participants are so inspiring and we want the women of Northampton to help make 2015 our best year yet.

"Whether you zumba, dance, walk or run the course I know with fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready our local ladies are up for the challenge."