Sheffield mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer to speak at Race For Life

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Thousands of women will be in the pink tomorrow – as they take part in Sheffield’s annual Race for Life.

The annual event invites women to tackle a five-kilometre course and raise money for national charity Cancer Research UK – with many women wearing the charity’s colour of pink.

Among the 2,300 women expected to take part in tomorrow’s event at Meadowhall shopping centre is cancer survivor Catherine Yeardley, who will address the crowds at the start.

Although she beat cancer herself, Mrs Yeardley, of Shiregreen, lost her mother to the disease.

The 44-year-old, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and at the same time her mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, said: “I’m running for my mum. This is the first time I’ve done the race and if I can help one person, somebody like me that’s fine, I’ve achieved something. One day we will have a cure for cancer, technology has come a long way.”

Mrs Yeardley was given the all clear after treatment at Weston Park, but her mum, Kathleen Maddock, sadly died in December 2014.

She said: “I checked myself and caught it quickly, I was fortunate. Women should go to the doctors as soon as possible if they find a lump.”

She is part of a Slimming World group and she will be taking part in the race alongside her daughter Hannah and the rest of her Slimming World friends.

Also taking part is Sheffield’s former medal-winning athlete Becky Lyne.

The 32-year-old, from Broomhall, won a bronze medal in the 800m race at the 2006 European Championships in Sweden.

She said: “I’ll be running with my beloved grandma in my heart and mind. I’m proud to be a part of this year’s Meadowhall Race for Life and am looking forward to meeting people on the day and hearing their stories.”