Mansfield family on the run for Cancer Research

A MANSFIELD family are rising to one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges and are calling on local runners to join them.

The Barrett family will be taking part in this year’s Bupa Great North Run - the world’s biggest half marathon - on Sunday 16th September, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Gemma Barrett (30), will be joined by her brother Jamie Barrett (33), and her father John Barrett (56) and they are encouraging anyone who has secured a place to raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer by joining Cancer Research UK’s Sports Team.

Gemma is determined to conquer the famous 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields for a very moving reason.

Gemma, restaurant manager of the city-centre KFC, Mansfield, is running in memory of her mother, Carol Barrett. Carol sadly lost her life to breast cancer on 23 May, 2007, only two days after being diagnosed with the disease.

She said: “We’re proud to be running for Cancer Research UK. I’m hoping we can raise over £1,000 to help beat the disease. The reason we’re running is obviously because of mum, and we want to try and help more families by raising awareness of cancer.”

Gemma is taking part in the Bupa Great North Run for the first time. She is aiming to finish inside two and a half hours.

She continued: “I’m really looking forward to the day now and the whole atmosphere from the crowd will be amazing. It is mine and Jamie’s first time but dad has taken part in the Great North Run before. We also have family and friends who will be there to meet us at the end.”

Cancer Research UK’s team of over 2,700 runners is aiming to raise over one million to help beat the disease.

Cancer Research UK spent more than £1 million last year in Nottinghamshire on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Cancer Research UK funds a number of researchers at the University of Nottingham including a team of scientists who are investigating the best way to treat certain types of brain tumours in children. This important work could help more children diagnosed with this disease survive.

Helen Jackson, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Sports Team Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Gemma and her family are part of our team this year. It’s thanks to support like this that Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who has secured their own place in the Bupa Great North Run but hasn’t chosen a charity to run for yet. Please join the Cancer Research UK team and help raise money for vital research. We’ll be there on the day to cheer you on and would be delighted to welcome you back to our post race reception once you’ve crossed the finish line.”

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For more information about running for Cancer Research UK in the Bupa Great North Run call 0871 641 2403.