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Cancer survivor Rachel is guest of honour at Race For Life

Rachel Titherington Credit: Cancer Research UK

A cancer survivor from Huddersfield is fighting back against the disease by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and will be the guest of honour at the first of two 5k Race for Life events in the town today.

Rachel Titherington, 25, is urging mums, daughters, sisters and friends to join her and the army of women determined to take on cancer by entering one of the Race for Life 5k event at the Leeds Playing Fields in Huddersfield.

Rachel Titherington Credit: Cancer Research UK

Rachel, of Crossland Moor, was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin lymphoma- a cancer of the lymphatic system- just weeks after completing her first ever Race for Life.

“Last year when I did Race for Life I'd already found the lump in my neck, but was awaiting my referral for further tests - it was so strange to be at the event and all the time thinking I might have cancer myself.” said Rachel.

In August Rachel underwent surgery to have the lump removed at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax and following the surgery received the devastating news that she had Hodgkin lymphoma.

Rachel Titherington undergoing chemotherapy treatment Credit: Cancer Research UK

She then began six months of chemotherapy treatment at the young adult unit at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. Midway through this treatment scans showed that Rachel had lumps in her neck, chest, pelvis and stomach but fortunately the treatment was working to reduce them.

Rachel completed her treatment in January this year and was given the all clear. She continues to go for checkups every three months to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned.

She added: “Taking part in Race for Life this year, is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts. I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”

Leeds Race for Life events raise more than £280,000

Women warm up for this morning's Race for Life in Leeds

More than 7,000 women took part in Race for Life events in Leeds this weekend.

Giant pink obstacles took over Temple Newsam gardens yesterday for the "Pretty Muddy" event, while the 5k and 10k races took place today.

It's thought the weekend's activities could have raised up to £280,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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Women in pink take over Temple Newsam

One of the giant pink obstacles at the "Pretty Muddy" event in Leeds Credit: Jennifer Anderson

Thousands of women turned out - in pink of course - this weekend, to take part in two Race for Life events.

Those who didn't mind getting a bit muddy took on the aptly-named "Pretty Muddy" event at Temple Newsam yesterday.

Finishing one of the obstacles on the 5k course at temple Newsam
A team gets ready for the Pretty Muddy event

Other runners took part in the more-established 5k and 10k Race for Life in the gardens of the house, in Leeds, today.

Jessica running in memory of her mum

Devoted mum and daughter Carol and Jessica Hartley

Twenty-one-year-old Jessica Hartley is starting today's Race for Life event at Temple Newsam in Leeds. Jessica, who lost her mum Carol to cancer in October 2012 has vowed to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life every year.

She ran her first race in 2012 with her mum cheering her on. Jessica will be one of thousands of women, many with similar stories, taking part in either a 5k or 10k race.

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