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Slimmers get in the running to raise cash

Malvern Editorial 14th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BIG-HEARTED slimmers laced up their running shoes and chased down £200 from sponsors for their own Race for Life event.

Members of the group killed two birds with one stone by taking part in the run held in aid of Cancer Research at Victoria Park Playing Field as all those who participated had lost between half a stone and six and a half stone.

The day was well attended and the group were cheered on by family and friends as well as other people from the community, some of whom also took part themselves.

The Malvern group’s own Race for Life was part of a wider national event held by Slimming World groups. It was not competitive and those who took part all got to choose the distance they covered.

As well as raising money for the cause the aim of the day was to help build awareness of the benefits of keeping a healthy weight and being active and how it can help improve people’s health and reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Coun Barbara Williams, from Malvern Hills District, was also present at event to cut the ribbon.

Jacky Barnes and Ruth Roberts who run the town’s group said their members thoroughly enjoyed holding their own Slimming World does Race for Life event.

“It was a fantastic event and the atmosphere was buzzing,” they added.

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

“We are so pleased with how much we raised for Cancer Research UK and I think the event showed people just how motivating being part of a group like ours can be.”

Jacky, who took part in the event in memory of her sister, said it was a cause which was very close to her heart.

“It was really important to me to cross that finish line.

“I used to be so daunted by the thought of exercise and before losing weight did not really feel capable of taking those first steps to becoming more active,” she added.

Call Jacky on 07817 326837 or Ruth on 07900 996288 for more information.

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