Charity race back in town

Alnwick race for life.
Alnwick race for life.

A brave mother whose cancer fight inspired her to organise a fund-raising event in her home town has revealed the charity challenge will return this year.

And determined Sharon Reid hopes the 2014 Alnwick Race for Life-style run will be even bigger than the inaugural 2013 race – with the aim of surpassing the £15,000 collected last time round.

The 47-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and is currently receiving treatment.

She had been aiming to take part in one of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events last year, but ongoing complications caused by the condition prevented her from doing so.

Wanting to get involved, she took it upon herself to organise a run in her hometown to raise money for the cause.

In what was an overwhelming response, around 450 people, both male and female and of all ages, ran on the day at Alnwick Town Football Club, with many decked out in pink.

Participants included cancer patients, as well as people running in honour of friends and family who have endured their own battles with the disease.

Now, Sharon has announced that this year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 22, although the venue is still to be confirmed.

She said: “The figure for last year’s Race for Life was £15,029.80 and we still have a few people who need to pay in .

“We are all thrilled with this and are setting out to achieve a higher target this year .

“Some of the people involved have sadly lost loved ones to cancer since last year, some people have been given the all-clear and some of us are still fighting. It is very important that we carry on with this and establish it as a community annual event in the area .”

As well as the race, which last year consisted of a 5k and 10k course, there will be stalls , a car-boot sale, bouncy castle, raffle and tombola.

For more information, or to pay in your sponsorship from last year’s event, visit the RFL Alnwick 2014 page on Facebook.