Cancer fighter’s sadness at loss of Rugby’s Race For Life

Thousands have taken part in Rugby's Race for Life in the past few years

Thousands have taken part in Rugby's Race for Life in the past few years

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A woman who is fighting cancer and has taken part in ten Race for Life events is “disappointed” the plug has been pulled on Rugby’s fundraiser.

It was Christine Addison’s dying wish to take part in July’s event – a wish she fulfilled, raising thousands of pounds with ‘Christine’s Crew’ for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers say the decision to stop the Rugby event is down to dwindling numbers.

Christine said: “I am really disappointed to hear there won’t be a Race for Life in Rugby.

“I have been taking part in the event for the past ten years and have had to travel to Coventry, Sutton Coldfield and Northampton to take part.”

Christine, of Coton Meadows, Rugby, said since 2012 when Race for Life first came to Rugby, Christine’s Crew has raised more than £20,000 for the charity.

She added: “With more than 75 people in Christine’s Crew this year raising over £8,500, I am positive that if the event isn’t in Rugby there won’t be any where near as many people attending. More importantly, this will mean not as much money is raised for this very important cause.

“The atmosphere and amazing support of the people of Rugby has been absolutely fundamental in my mental battle with the disease - when I booked my place last year I didn’t even know if I would still be alive to take part, however, walking around the course seeing the support and reading people’s stories filled my heart with hope and positivity.

“I really just hope that they have a change of heart.”

Lucy Morton, Cancer Research UK event manager for the Midlands, said although 1,469 women took part in July’s fundraiser, entries were lower than anticipated.

“Taking the costs of staging the event into consideration, we have had to take the difficult decision not to run it again in 2015.

“We express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has taken part and hope our supporters will understand our difficult decision.”