Runner to complete 150K for cancer charity

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A Derbyshire woman who lost her husband to cancer is running 10 long distance races to help the charity that helped him in his final months.

Angelika Wright, 55, of Whaley Bridge lost her husband Paul to cancer in 2010, aged 51, and in praise of the continued support they received from the Christie Hospital in Manchester, Angelika has set her self the challenge of running five half marathons and five 10Ks over the course of the year.

Paul and Angelika Wright on their last holiday together, on the Isle of Sark.

Paul and Angelika Wright on their last holiday together, on the Isle of Sark.

The sales and marketing professional said: “Paul was an exceptional person and throughout his short illness he was always determined to raise funds for The Christie to help other cancer suffers and to keep researching for new cancer drugs.

“I am not a natural runner and really have to work at it. But since my first 10K in May 2010, I have now completed a number of Half Marathons and 10Ks and hope to carry on with the fund-raising.

“Especially the three consecutive half marathons in September are going to be quite taxing but you just have to take them one at a time.

“I always think, that no matter how hard and painful my running sometimes is, it is no comparison to what Paul had to endure.”

Angelika and Paul Wright.

Angelika and Paul Wright.

As 2015 marks five years since Paul’s death, Angelika is committed to the “5 Challenge” – aiming to raise £500 for the charity, and has completed four races so far.

Originally from Germany, she met Paul while on a twin-town exchange from Karlsruhe aged 16. Paul lived in Nottingham near Mapperley and went to Forest Fields College before going on to teach around the region until the two settled in Whaley Bridge 23 years ago.

And Angelika has selected racing sites across the UK which have special significance to them both.

She added: “We met in Nottingham, and had our first house together in Macclesfield so I’m also racing there.

Paul, was diagnosed for rectal cancer in 2007 and treated at The Christie but after receiving surgery and being given the all-clear doctors found another cancer in his oesophagus.

“We thought he would have another year or so, and he was always looking ahead – we were even getting solar panels on our roof.

“He was incredibly positive and inspirational, especially to the children he was teaching.”

But Paul died a few months after his second Diagnosis in August 2010.

Angelika finished the Great Manchester Run last Sunday, May 10 and her next race is the Race For Life in Tatton Park, Cheshire, where the two used to go for walks and enjoyed attending summer concerts.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Angelika-Wright3.