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70-year-old Hazel takes on first 10k race

Credit: Great Run

Hazel Williams bought a treadmill when she and her husband turned 70, and now she's taking on the Birmingham 10k.

She'll be among 7,000 runners, walkers and joggers at this year’s race on Sunday, April 30.

Her eldest daughter Katie has multiple sclerosis so she'll be raising money for charity.

The 10K will be the first time I will have taken part in an organised running event. The last race I was in was at junior school when we ran the length of the playground and I think I came fifth out of six!

– Hazel Williams
Credit: Great Run

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Now I’m retired there’s nothing to stop me, is there?”

– Hazel Williams

Her 45-year-old daughter Katie cried when she heard the news.

Hazel says there is no cure for MS and little knowledge of what causes it.

It’s too late for my daughter. She is 46 in May and whatever they find can’t cure her. I just don’t want any other mother to go through what I’ve been through; to watch your daughter go downhill and not be able to do anything about it. She has a terrific sense of humour and she’s so positive but it’s heartbreaking.

– Hazel Williams