A young couple whose mums were both diagnosed with breast cancer are training hard for a 13-mile run to raise money for others with the condition.
Alistair Stedman and Harriet Tindale, both aged 22, have signed up for the Sheffield Half Marathon - their first ever race - to collect money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity has helped the pair’s mothers during their illnesses. Alistair’s mum has just finished her last round of chemotherapy and is awaiting her final operation, and Harriet’s mum and grandmother had the disease several years ago.
Harriet, who suggested entering the run, said: “There’s no better incentive than when cancer affects those close to you – such as the fear when diagnosed and the ordeal of treatment.
“My mum and grandma actually had the same Macmillan nurse, who played a huge part in their recovery. Her special care and dedication gave them the will to fight cancer and beat it, and without their constant help and support I don’t think they’d be who they are today. Even after treatment they’re still in touch.”
Alistair said the couple, who live in Kelham Island, have wanted to enter the half marathon ‘for a few years’.
“We decided it was time to actually commit to it,” he said.
“With my mum currently going through the ordeal of cancer it has extra meaning for me to do it in her honour this year.
“Macmillan have been there for my mum and the family from day one, helping us through everything we’ve had to deal with, especially for mum when she first heard she had cancer.”
The half marathon will take place on Sunday, April 6, with thousands expected to lace up their running shoes and get involved.
Rob Turner, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Sheffield and Chesterfield, said: “All credit to Alistair and Harriet for taking on this personal challenge and a big thank you to them for their recognition of our support and willingness to help us in return. We’re particularly short of runners this year so I really hope their story inspires others to join us.”
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