Teries rally round and Race for Life

Race for Life runners from Hawick
Race for Life runners from Hawick

THREE local mums all fighting breast cancer inspired a 70-strong gang of Teries to take part in the Race For Life in Edinburgh last weekend.

A busload from Hawick joined thousands of other women at Holyrood Park to either walk or run 5K or 10K - not only to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK - but to support their friends.

Fiona Carlisle, Jane Douglas and Sarah Turnbull are all in their thirties and have been diagnosed breast cancer, and on Sunday they joined a huge sea of pink, in what has been described a “very emotional” day.

Joint organiser Angela Matthews, a friend of Jane’s who was also running in memory of her little daughter Alex, told the Hawick News: “There were different groups wanting to take part in the Race for Life for our friends, and we decided to all get together and form the Teri Trekkers.”

She went on: “Sunday was really overwhelming and very emotional for everyone at different points.”

But the emotional rollercoaster didn’t end at the finish line, with the Hawick group returning to Mansfield Clubrooms for refreshments and to meet their families - before fellow Teries Dawn Murray and Julie Hodgins took the brave step of having their heads shaved.

Angela added: “There was a real buzz at Mansfield as we celebrated our achievement, but when Dawn and Jan faced each other and had their hair shaved, it was hugely emotional for everyone, even our husbands. What everyone has achieved is absolutely fantastic, and it gave Jane the confidence to take off her wig for the first time.”

Sarah Turnbull, who recently underwent chemotherpahy, said: “It was a great day. Everyone was so emotional and united, it was very humbling.”

Jan Wilson, a driving force behind ‘Sarah’s Angels’ which has held previous fundraising events, added: “It was absolutely amazing.”