Doncaster running club buddies prepare for the London Moonwalk

Jill Hughes, along with 23 friends and members of her family, are training for the London Moonwalk.

Jill Hughes, along with 23 friends and members of her family, are training for the London Moonwalk.

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Two running club buddies who were diagnosed with breast cancer on the same day are preparing to put their best feet forward to raise cash for charity.

Jill Hughes and Delia Higgins are training for the London Moonwalk - a gruelling 26.2 mile overnight walk that they are set to complete in their bras.

The determined duo have recruited 23 members of their family and friends to take part in the marathon with them, to raise cash for charity Breast Cancer Awareness.

Jill, who is a nurse at the DRI and the mother of two children, was diagnosed with breast cancer last July.

Since her diagnosis, on the same day as running pal Delia, she has undergone two operations, almost five months of gruelling chemotherapy, and three weeks of radiotherapy.

Jill said: “I was part of a running group, Footmark Fitness Training, and on the same day my friend Delia Higgins, also part of the running group, was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Delia and I decided we needed a bucket list, and first on the list was the London Moonwalk.”

The walking group, affectionately called Footmark Fillies, have already raised £4,500 in sponsorship ahead of the event on May 10.

Speaking about the training, Jill said: “It has been tough as I only finished my last radiotherapy session on February 28, so that continued to work, and I still have the late effects of chemotherapy.

“But our training walks are already up to 18 miles.

“And I do believe the training and support I’ve had from my fabulous family and friends has helped to keep me well!

“This cancer journey has been without a doubt the worst time in my life, but at least something good is coming out of something awful and the friendships we have through the moonwalk will last a lifetime.”

Footmark Fillies

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