Emily’s inspiring tale to give Race for Life Leeds runners pre-event boost

Emily Ranoble. Picture by James Hardisty.
Emily Ranoble. Picture by James Hardisty.
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Inspiring West Yorkshire women are taking the stage and inspire Race for Life runners to the finish line this weekend.

It is hoped that around 8,000 women will stride out at the Temple Newsam estate today and tomorrow as part of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life series.

Emily Ranoble, who is recovering from double mastectomy surgery at Pinderfields Hospital, will speak out to a crowds of thousands ahead of Sunday’s 5k and 10k runs.

The 26-year-old, from Birstall, has been writing a weekly column for the YEP about her journey to have the preventative operation after breast cancer affected two generations of women on the maternal side of her family.

She said: “I want to continue to dedicate myself to raising awareness about cancer and trying to encourage women who may be at risk to consider the ways in which they can protect themselves.

“I feel incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity.”

This weekend’s Race for Life in Leeds is hoped to raise more than £270,000, which will help to fund vital research into the causes and treatment of cancer.

The event will see women take to Temple Newsam to run the Tough Mudder-style Pretty Muddy obstacle course today, before runners take part in the 5k and 10k Race for Life runs tomorrow.

Philippa Sharpe, event manager, said: “These events are all about the feel-good factor that comes from being part of the ‘pink army’ as thousands of women come together to defeat cancer.”

Visit www.raceforlife.org for further information.