Race for Life 2015

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A COURAGEOUS mum who has survived breast cancer led a pink army of more than 1,000 women at Wigan’s Race for Life.

Katie Norris, 41, from Standish, who was diagnosed with the disease in November 2013, started the race at Haigh Hall, before taking part herself with her nine-year-old daughter Zoe, in her bid to raise thousands for Cancer Research UK.

Wigan Race for Life at Haigh Hall

Wigan Race for Life at Haigh Hall

Among the sea of women were many who have survived cancer themselves or were participating in memory or celebration of loved ones.

Reading the messages pinned on their backs, which proclaim their reason for taking part in Race for Life, was a very emotional experience. Many signs were beautifully decorated with photographs in tribute to loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease.

For Katie, the event was particularly poignant, as despite undergoing intensive radiotherapy treatment last summer, she still took part in the last year’s race at Haydock Racecourse.

The mum-of-three said: “Research into cancer is just so important and I would urge every woman in Wigan to think about signing up for Race for Life to help future generations affected by the disease.

Research into cancer is just so important and I would urge every woman in Wigan to think about signing up for Race for Life to help future generations affected by the disease

Katie Norris

“It’s an absolute honour to be setting the runners off and helping to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.”

Organisers hope the 1,300 participants at the Wigan event will raise more than £73,000.

Jen Ward, Race for Life event manager for Wigan, said: “The atmosphere at the event is unique. You can sense the incredible power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.”

A Race for Life event will be held at Haydock Race course on Sunday, July 12. Places are still available.

Joanne Unsworth, Cathryn Hodson, Julie Barton from WLCT Active Living and Hazel Claypole

Joanne Unsworth, Cathryn Hodson, Julie Barton from WLCT Active Living and Hazel Claypole

To enter visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

Mary Griffiths with Tia Eshiett, Eileen Murray and Zoe Shearn

Mary Griffiths with Tia Eshiett, Eileen Murray and Zoe Shearn

Some of the runners as they cross the finishing line

Some of the runners as they cross the finishing line