Rugby Tesco staff gear up for cancer ‘race’

Tesco's Race for Life Team.'Pictured are - Gladis Rienaecker, Anneka Logan, Jenny Oliver, Kylie Spooner, Linda Ford, Beckie Lawton, Becky Hodges, Sharon Graham with Victoria Meikle ( Race for Life Event Manager )

Tesco's Race for Life Team.'Pictured are - Gladis Rienaecker, Anneka Logan, Jenny Oliver, Kylie Spooner, Linda Ford, Beckie Lawton, Becky Hodges, Sharon Graham with Victoria Meikle ( Race for Life Event Manager )

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A team of women who work at Tesco in Rugby are raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

They a making a stand against cancer by taking part in this year’s Race for Life in July.

The team comprises Gladis Rienaecker, Anneka Logan, Jenny Oliver, Kylie Spooner, Linda Ford, Beckie Lawton, Becky Hodges and Sharon Graham.

Jenny and the girls are urging other teams to get together and take part in the event.

She said: “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and that’s why I think research is so important - it saves lives.

“I’ve taken part in the event many years before and I’ve got a lot of sponsors so far. I would like to say thank you to them all.”

Jenny said she hasn’t been doing any special training in preparation for the event, which is sponsored by Tesco.

She said: “My job involves a lot of walking around the store so that’s my way of training!”

Victoria Meikle, Cancer Research UK’s Midlands events manager, said around three people every hour are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands.

“Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness are needed to take part in Race for Life,” she said. Participants come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“Race for Life is non-competitive and most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“It is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.”

She said Race for Life entrants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress.

“What’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer,” added Victoria. “We want to harness that power and create a unique force that will stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for crucial research.”