For Everyone Involved in the Race for Life

Dear Everyone involved in the Newcastle Race for Life 2015,

I shouted ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to as many of you as I could yesterday but with so many people attending the Race for Life, Newcastle, it wasn’t really enough. That and the fact that I was only just wheezing it, probably inaudibly, from about 2km into the 10k run.

So I thought I would write to everyone involved as well.

It started off personal, doing this Race for Life. A challenge to my post-baby fitness to run 10k as fast as I could and then get round the 5k course. A personal way to remember my 3 grandparents and sister-in-law taken by various forms of cancer. More positively to celebrate my cousin surviving 5 years cancer free after her breast cancer diagnosis in her late 20s.

An opportunity with the incredibly support of my generous family and friends to raise a bit of money for cancer research.

It turns out to have been so much more than that.

I wanted to say such a huge congratulations to everyone who made it round the course.

You were all amazing.

Those of you who sprinted round in 20-odd minutes and those who made it round in well over an hour.


The time and the ‘race’ didn’t actually reflect how incredible you all were. What you really achieved was to take your experiences of sadness, suffering, sorrow or survival and turning them into something positive.

So many of you had signs on your backs telling us why you were running. I read as many of them as I could. Some still make me tear up:

‘For myself’

‘For everyone still fighting’

‘For my Mam’

‘For my Dad who beat cancer. And my baby sister who didn’t’

‘For a world where my one year old daughter can grow up without fear of cancer’

So many stories. So much motivation to raise money for further cancer research.

I’ve never been anywhere surrounded with so much sadness and positivity at the same time.

At the start you all stood in silence for a minute remembering your personal reasons for running. I stood there too, and joined in with some of your tears.



There was an explosion of pink shiny ribbons. Minutes later there was a sea of awesome ladies in pink, a few with tutus and fairy wings, bopping to the warm up music.


So congratulations to you all if you were part of this. Your stories were heartbreaking and inspiring. Your running, jogging, walking and dancing with such motivation a privilege to have been a part.

To the organisers, volunteers and supporters a huge thank you too. This incredible event could not have taken place without you. You made what could have been a difficult trek round many kilometres feel fun. Your enthusiasm actually made me smile at 8km into my run. I don’t think ANYTHING else has ever achieved this.


Thank you so much everyone at the Race for Life, I think half a million pounds were raised in Newcastle over this weekend for further cancer research!
Have you ever been involved in a Race for Life? I’d love to read any of your comments.

Please note I was a little carried away with everything on the day and did not take a single picture. So please forgive these posed ones taken on my return home. I am quite clearly not a fitness model, and did not think to shower or fix my hair post-run, but was very proud to be wearing my new T-shirt!

I’m delighted to be able to share this post with #fitnesstuesday at And here


20 thoughts on “For Everyone Involved in the Race for Life

    • tenminutesspare July 14, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      It was a really great atmosphere and so well organised too. I did really enjoy it!


  1. DrJuliet July 15, 2015 / 6:26 am

    You’ve captured the Race for Life atmosphere so well. Such an emotional and inspirational event to be involved in and as you say, the actual running is such a small part of it. Brilliant!

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    • tenminutesspare July 15, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      Yes it really was. I’ll definitely be back next year, as it was a great experience. I’m already planning quite a few other fun things I’d like to take part in as well as this event was so motivating! X

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  2. Emma Corr July 15, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Well done! Sounds so emotional, I was almost welling up myself just reading this so I would have been no good! Xx

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    • tenminutesspare July 15, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      To be honest I was a bit of a wreck too, I didn’t include in my blog the fact I actually had to hide in the loos to compose myself at one point! If I hadn’t been concentrating so much on getting round the 10k a few of the signs on people’s backs would have probably caused a breakdown again. It was so emotional but great. I’d def do it again. X


  3. ciaraattwell July 16, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Well done!! I just did a Race for Life last weekend too. It was one of the Pretty Muddy ones. Lots of fun and its definitely inspired me to do more obstacles races!!

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    • tenminutesspare July 20, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you! And well done to you too. The pretty muddy does sound fun. Would love to do one next year x


  4. Claire July 16, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Amazing, well done! A beautifully written review of such a special, emotive event x

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    • tenminutesspare July 20, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you! That’s such a lovely comment. So much appreciated x


  5. Julia @ Rainbeaubelle July 20, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Reading this has made me have a little cry, I would love to do something like this for Roger in the future. It’s important to me to get the kids into fundraising too. Well done to you – and you look absolutely amazing!!!! xxx

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    • tenminutesspare July 20, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry to have made you cry. Goodness knows that’s the last thing you need at the moment, something else to add to your emotional burden. Thank you so much for commenting (and your v kind compliment). I think events like this can be a positive way of processing some of the emotion involved in bereavement (although everyone is different when it comes to managing grief) Obviously you are going to need plenty of time out to gather your strength at the moment but I have no doubt that if you do decide to find a way of fundraising at some point in the future you will achieve something really special. X


  6. Mirka Moore (@Fitness4mamas) July 21, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Congratulations lovely! I have tears in my eyes reading this as this is so close to my heart. It’s not really about running it fast but about doing it together and remembering our loved ones who have lost their battles xxx Thanks for linking #FitnessTuesday

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    • tenminutesspare July 25, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      So sorry to have made you emotional. I know this is a cause important to you too. I entered the 10k race with the aim of running as fast as I could (and I did!) but you’re absolutely right that it didn’t seem to matter at all compared to the meaning of the event overall. Xx


  7. vanessa jane holburn (@vanessaSH) July 27, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    This is very inspiring to read. I steer away from running charity events as there seems to be so many to do – and I don’t know which to ‘choose’! I feel guilty not choosing them all. However, this write up has made me think again about the Race For Life, and given me an insight into exactly what goes on. #BloggingToJogging

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    • tenminutesspare July 27, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much. I do know what you mean about that feeling of guilt choosing one charity over another… I feel the need to feature a few other charities to balence the write up of this one!!! However the decision to run this particular event was made easy by the request of my little niece whose mum (my sis in law) had died of cancer. I have to say putting all the emotion to one side it was also a fun and well organised event. X


  8. Ami Elizabeth August 2, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Congratulations on completing the race for life. I have walked it a couple of times with my Mum, but never ran it. The atmosphere there, for everyone, though is so intense, heartbreaking & awe inspiring at the same time. Maybe next year I will run it!

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