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Debbie & Julie join 3,000 Women in their 'Race for Life'

It all seemed to be happening on 19 July, because as Company Commercial Solicitor Ruth Finney was scaling three mountains across the UK, Debbie Chatham, a Legal Assistant in the Family Department found herself standing at Shrewsbury’s West Mid Showground at 11am about to take part in Cancer Research’s Race for Life. 

Debbie herself suffered breast cancer 2 years ago and her step-mother-in-law sadly passed away 10 years as a result of breast cancer.  She was racing with her best friend Julie Holland; they were two of around 3,000 women taking part in the races that day.  

Julie and Debbie only decided to take part in the race about 6 weeks before the event – so they didn’t have much time to train.  But it didn’t matter, they found they weren’t the only ones walking – in fact the vast majority were, and we all know it is the taking part that’s the most important! 

Speaking after completing the race, Debbie said, “it was a very emotional day as it brings back everything that you go through, also seeing all the messages people wear on their backs for the people they have lost, and also those that have survived, makes it all very moving.”
 
Debbie and Julie did themselves proud, they completed the 5k race in 45 minutes – which in Debbie’s words “is not too bad all things considered and the fact we are both 46; and I have arthritis in my knees and ankles!!”

Debbie was delighted that she raised a total of £241.00, she says “there is a fantastic atmosphere, all the friends and families clap and cheer as you go past – we really hope to be able to take part next year – in fact we are about to start training, as Julie tells me we’re going to be running!”