Nicola’s amazing Race for Life challenge

Nicola Parrish, from Colsterworth, who is running 16 Race for Life events this summer.'Photo: MSMP050314-017ow
Nicola Parrish, from Colsterworth, who is running 16 Race for Life events this summer.'Photo: MSMP050314-017ow
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A fundraiser is set to become the first woman to take part in a Race for Life run every weekend during the three-month season of events.

Nicola Parrish ran her first 5km race last summer but is set to take on 16 events this year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The 37-year-old will kick off her challenge on May 4 in Edinburgh and then take part in at least one event every weekend until July 27.

She will compete in eight 10km races and eight 5km races, travelling to Weston-Super-Mare, Harlow, Brentwood, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Richmond, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Warwick, Leicester, St Albans, Clumber Park, Windsor, Peterborough and Stamford.

Nicola, of Hawking Close, Colsterworth, said: “My friends and family think I’m insane - I couldn’t even get round the running track when I was at school.

“I did the couch to 5k training programme to prepare for last year’s run in Stevenage and hated it but even then I knew I wanted to do more to raise money for the charity.”

Nicola’s nan suffered from cancer of the liver and kidneys and she also lost a friend to lung cancer.

She said: “When see what cancer does to people you care about, it really hits home. It’s a nasty illness.

“I know times are tough but I want to raise as much money as possible so I hope people will be able to support me.”

To prepare for the runs Nicola, who works as a freelance artist and interior designer, is training for up to four hours a week and has managed to run 8km so far.

Spokesman for Cancer Research UK, Gemma Turpin, said: “We’re very grateful to Nicola for taking on this amazing Race for Life challenge to help us in our fight against cancer. We don’t think anyone has ever done 16 events in one year and will be surprised if anyone matches this feat this year.”

To sponsor Nicola visit

- A Race for Life event will take place at Burghley Park on Sunday, June 1 at 11am with a 5km and 10km race.

The Peterborough event will take place at Ferry Meadows Country Park on Tuesday, July 8 at 7.30pm. Entry is £14.99 for women aged 16+, £10 for girls aged six to 15 and boys under 13 and free for under sixes.

To register visit