More than 2,500 women ready to take part in Stamford’s Race for Life event

Eight-year-old Amy Dolby, who is taking part in Race for Life with her mother Clare
Eight-year-old Amy Dolby, who is taking part in Race for Life with her mother Clare
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IT is hoped the Race for Life event in Stamford on Sunday will raise more than £213,000 for the vital work of Cancer Research UK.

WOMEN are lacing up their trainers ready for the annual Race for Life event, which will take place in Stamford tomorrow (Sunday) in aid of Cancer Research UK.

More than 1,600 women have signed up to run, jog or walk 5km through the beautiful grounds of Burghley House in Stamford and nearly 900 women will be taking on the challenging 10km route.

The annual event raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK and organisers are hoping this year’s total will top £213,000.

Among those running are Clare Dalby and her eight-year-old daughter Amy, from Beckworth Grove, Empingham. They were inspired to run by husband and father Mark, who has battled throat cancer.

Clare said: “It was touch and go for a while but he has pulled through and is making good progress.

“Throughout all this our daughter Amy has been fantastic. We told her what was happening throughout it all and she has been a great help.”

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Jessica Coombs, a vet at Burghley Veterinary Centre in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue last year.

Jessica, who is also a member of Stamford Choral Society, had an operation six months ago to remove the tumour and she made a speedy recovery and returned to work in January.

Her colleagues will be running the race with her as part of Team Jessica and they have already topped their target thanks to the generosity of clients at the centre.

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Proud mum Joanne Rippon, 42, from Langtoft, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in October, 2010. She was only 40 and was bringing up her four sons, Jake, 16, Sam, 14, Ben, 10, and Robert, four, when the cancer was diagnosed and was told she had between three and five years to live.

In March 2011 Joanne underwent a seven hour operation to remove her ovaries, womb, appendix, the lining of her stomach and part of her liver. After recovering from surgery she had more chemotherapy, finishing her treatment in July. Amazingly, Joanne is now in remission.

She has three monthly check-ups and is determined to finish the Race for Life course with her mother Janet, sister Nessie and friends.

Joanne said: “I know I am one of the lucky ones so it is really important to me to raise money to help others by funding the work of Cancer Research UK.”

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Amanda Seyderhelm, of Danegeld Place, Stamford, battled ovarian cancer for seven years but was given her five-year all clear in 2009. She runs a Weight Watchers meeting in Uffington and said one of her members Maureen Crowe died recently within a week of her diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Amanda said: “I’m running in Race for Life at Burghley to honour women like Maureen and all women like Maureen, who didn’t get the chance to fight ovarian cancer like I did.”

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Somjai Robinson, 41, from Oakham, will take part in the race for the second time, just a week after getting the fantastic news that she is in remission after suffering from breast cancer.

Somjai, who moved to Oakham from Thailand three years ago, lives with her husband Adam in Redland Road, Oakham, and works part time for Rutland Laundry.

She said: “Unfortunately, I got cancer some time ago but I am recovering from chemotherapy now and getting stronger and stronger every day. The fact is that the local doctors and specialists saved my life.

“I want to do whatever I can for Cancer Research UK, because they have helped me and a lot of other people. I still have life and I feel very lucky.”

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And a team from the Mercury will be amongst those running on Sunday. Representing the editorial department will be Kerry Coupe and Rachel Pishhorn and from the advertising team are Lucy Greenwood and Kim Clenaghan.

The team is hoping to raise £200 for the vital work of Cancer Research UK and is already more than half way to its target.

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