Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Run Meets Adversity with Fun

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Run Meets Adversity with Fun

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Byline: By Anna Ralph

It's not everyday you see eight, forty-something women power-walking down the quiet streets of Morpeth decorated with feather boas, cowboy hats and pink bras.

But then for Sandra Dickinson and friends, who have known each other for more than 30 years, it couldn't be for a better cause.

This year, after two of their group were struck down with breast cancer, the women from Morpeth decided to take part in the Great North Run and raise money to fight back against the disease.

"I just couldn't believe it, two of my friends with breast cancer, and in the same year," said Sandra, 49. "This run has a special meaning for all of us, because of that."

Sandra, who has completed the Great North Run 14 times, will be running alongside Susan, 48. Diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, Susan Hunter made a full recovery after treatment and now hopes to power-walk the 13-mile course, the first time she'll have taken part.

The friends, five of whom have never taken part before, have been training together as a group since March, meeting up twice a week to power-walk or do aqua-aerobics at the local swimming pool. …

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