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Conquered 5k to raise more than £1,600 for Cancer Research UK

Donington Slimming World group has raised more than �1,600 for Cancer Research UK. ANL-140815-112936001

Donington Slimming World group has raised more than �1,600 for Cancer Research UK. ANL-140815-112936001

Slimmers and their supporters raised more than £1,600 at a 5k event in Donington to help fight cancer.

The cash will be donated by Slimming World to Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer research charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

Members of the group were joined by villagers and 65 took part.

Emma Scarborough, who run’s Slimming World’s group at The Ruby Hunt Centre, said: “It was a fantastic event with a real feel-good atmosphere.

“We saw young, old, male and female participants with a range of different abilities and fitness levels.

“Entrants could run, walk, cycle or skate across the finish line – whatever they wanted – as long as they crossed the finish line we didn’t mind at all.”

Slimming World member Lucy Davis, who has shed four stones since joining, said: “I walked the 5k for my step-dad who fought cancer. It’s a cause very close to my heart and I found the event a heart-warming and touching experience.

“I definitely wouldn’t have entered a distance race before I found Slimming World, but since losing weight I’m feeling much healthier, happier and more confident – I’m proud of myself and I know my friends and family are too.”

One in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point.

Emma said: “Research has shown that many types of cancer are more common in people who are overweight.”

The aim of Slimming World does Race for Life was to raise money for a good cause while raising awareness about the benefits of getting active, such as boosted energy levels, stress reduction, higher self-esteem and helping to maintain a healthy weight.

 

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