Runners team up to fight cancer

Race in Unity organiser Claire Parker with her son, Connor, who helped out on the day.
Race in Unity organiser Claire Parker with her son, Connor, who helped out on the day.

Scores of runners raised thousands of pounds to help beat cancer in a “magical” new race organised by a campaigning mum.

The first-ever Race in Unity event – held at Holmebrook Valley Park on Sunday – saw more than 150 fundraisers run up an estimated £6,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The “non-discriminatory” run was organised by Chesterfield mum Claire Parker who fought and won a determined campaign to overturn a national ban on young boys – including her son – taking part in Race for Life earlier this year.

Claire, who battled Lymphoma, said: “Everyone enjoyed it – it was an absolutely magical day.

“Lots of families took part and I think I’ve successfully proved that men, women and children want to join together raise money to beat this devastating illness which can affect anyone.”

Claire, 33, of Capthorne Close, said her seven-year-old son, Connor, helped at the event by handing out bottles of water and goodie bags at the finishing line.

She added: “He was a wonderful help.

“He went to school the next day and everyone was talking about the event – he was so proud.”

Participants could walk, jog or run the sponsored 5km event.

Claire thanked everyone involved in the run and said she was looking at holding the popular race again next year.

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