Run in memory of Gill

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A MOTHER who lost a brave battle with cancer is still inspiring runners to fund-raise eight years on.

Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners will host the Gill Pimblott Memorial 5k race on Sunday, July 10.

Gill Pimblott, 38, of Astley, died in 2003 after being diagnosed with breast cancer and since then thousands of pounds have been raised in her memory.

Her friend Shaun Moran, who is one of the founder members of Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners, helped organise the first race in November 2002, shortly before Gill died, to allow her one final holiday with her son, Jake.

After she died in April 2003, the Runners decided to continue the race every year with all profits being donated to the breast cancer unit at Wigan Infirmary.

Gill’s dad, Alan, regularly competes in the main 5k or the fun run event.

He said: “I have not run since last year’s race but I hope to be there again competing. Jake is almost 18 and is keen to race in memory of his mother.

“Gill raised a lot of money for breast cancer treatment after she was diagnosed. She would be really proud of what has been achieved.

“Each year the event raises around £1,000 which is fantastic”.

Dr Richard Harland from Wigan Infirmary will attend one of the running club’s meetings to collect the cheque and provide an update on any developments within the unit.

The race takes place on Sunday, July 10, with a one mile fun run at the Miners Welfare Institute, Tyldesley. The fun run starts at 10.30am and the 5k race at 11am.

Entry fees for the 5k race are £4 for attached runners and £6 for unattached (£1 extra on the day). The fun run costs £2.50 (50p extra on the day).

For more information, visit www.astleyrunners.blogspot.com or email stevensgary@hotmail.com