Why I’m running Race for Life

As a dedicated runner, readers may be surprised to discover that I’ve never run Race for Life before. This is for a number of reasons. The best one is that, apart from my Grandad who died when I was 4 and my father-in-law who died before I knew my husband, my life has been unaffected by cancer. I know that makes me very, very lucky.

There is also the fact that I know other people at work who run it and I don’t want to be taking sponsors away from them. Maybe I’m wrong here, but a lot of people run it (or walk it, or skip it or dance it) and there must be a limit to how many people friends, family and colleagues are willing to sponsor. Maybe I’m wrong? Also, there’s a part of me that thinks it’s a run for people who don’t run. A bit of fun with a serious message. I’m quite a serious runner. I’m not going to smash any records, but my running is important to me and I train hard. Tripping over people in tutus and fairy wings is not for me.

Logo: Race for life

So why have I changed my mind?

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a fellow blogger Crazy with twins who, at the age of only 27, is fighting cancer for the second time. And she really is fighting. Her determination is inspiring. She has three young daughters and everything to live for. She also lives near me. She has finally inspired me to do the run I never thought I’d do.

When I read this post on the day she went in for surgery, I knew I had to sign up for Race for Life. If a woman fighting cancer, who can’t run at the best of times, can do Race for Life, then so can I.

There is a 5k run and a 10k. Crazy with twins is running the 5k and I’m going to do the 10k. We are both running at Cheltenham.

If you would like to sponsor me, you can click on my Just Giving page here Or why not support Crazy with twins by clicking on her post above?

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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32 Comments

  1. Ah Sarah I’m really touched! Not only because you’ve decided to do Race for Life, but also for writing a whole blog post about me! 😉 hehe okay I know its not all about me, but you have written such lovely things. Is your race the same day as mine? I’d like to come see you over the finish line! I cant begin to tell you how much this post means to me. Thank you. Xx

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  2. What a lovely post. Emma so deserves a post all about her, she has been incredible. And allowing us to share her journey and offer what remote support we can.

    My friend who has terminal cancer has asked me to walk it with her this year and I feel very very honoured. We were thinking of doing the Cheltenham one, but have opted for Worcester.

    Good luck xx

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  3. I will definitely be sponsoring you. A very worthy cause for all but especially for our lovely Emma x

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  4. Good for you, some close friends have just lost someone to cancer and it is heartbreaking. I hope that you raise lots of money

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  5. Thanks very much everyone for your really lovely comments.
    I think races are same day, Emma – 7th July? Would be lovely to see you at finish. x
    Good luck to you in Worcester, Dragonsfly. Will be an emotional one for you.
    I’ve set myself a modest target, Nikki, but would be nice to smash it. Thanks for offering to sponsor, Suzanne! Would be great to get some blogger support, Lesley. x

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  6. Brilliant! I’m doing the Nottingham one with a few other bloggers in June and really can’t wait. Despite not being affected personally and not knowing anyone in ‘real life’ who has been affected I’ve been shocked at just how many people I’ve spoken to have close family or friends who have been affected. Best of luck x

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  7. Thanks very much, everyone! I’ll definitely tweet you a reminder, Louise!
    Good luck to you and the other bloggers, Mammasaurus. Look forward to reading about it. Like you, I haven’t been affected myself, yet it seems like so many friends have lost someone or been affected in some way 🙁 x

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  8. Lovely post Sarah 🙂 I did The Manchester 10k race, my first on for Cancer research as my Grandma had cancer 🙁 I keep hearing of family friends getting it and my father in law to be brother died last week from it 🙁 I have never done a race for life, I would do one if someone wanted me to do it with them …

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  9. Thanks, Claire. It’s so sad how many families are affected by cancer. I’m sure you could find someone to run Race for Life with you. You’d be welcome to join us in Cheltenham, but a bit of a trek for you!

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  10. Best of luck hun – seriously you will be amazed at what a serious race it is – the runners are at the front (I only did the 5k).
    Have you met Emma yet? She is rather inspirational x

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  11. I’ll have to get myself down near the front, then! I have met her, she’s ace. Had the pleasure of her company at BlogSummit (and on the way to BlogSummit!). x

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  12. so pleased you have linked this up with #ActiveFamily! go you! will pop over and sponsor this afternoon xx

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  13. Ah that means you’re not coming tomorrow either.
    Well done on your tots100 score too.

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  14. Thanks very much 🙂 I am both chuffed and shocked by my tots100 score!

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  15. I NEED to get round to sponsoring you lovely. Thank for linking this post up to #S2S2D – part of a great group of bloggers for Emma 🙂 xx

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  16. All the best for the day of the race. Thanks for linking this to the blog hop. Public awareness about everything to do with cancer is important!

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  17. All the best for the day!You’re braver than me – I did once and walked the whole way!

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  18. I am very impressed by this well done. It is about time that Cancer had its arse kicked though – great stuff.

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  19. Thanks very much, everyone. Really appreciate your comments. Great to know I’m playing my own small part in kicking cancer’s arse!

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  20. Good luck Sarah!! I am doing this in July. A very very worthy cause x

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  21. Thanks very much, ladies. Really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Good luck to you too, Tas! x

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  22. I really enjoyed my Race for Life. First time for me and I’m not a runner. I did a mix of running and walking. At least they set you off at different times. Best of luck xxx #S2S2D

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  23. Thanks very much, Charlie, glad you enjoyed yours. I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for giving the post another airing too!

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