Young and old unite to take part in Race For Life

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HARTLEPOOL was awash with a sea of pink as inspirational fundraisers showed their battling spirit in a town running event.

Brave Klaudia Robinson, 11, started the race and then pulled on her running shoes to show her inspirational spirit less than a year after fighting cancer.

This time last year brave Klaudia Robinson was in the middle of gruelling treatment to remove a six-inch long tumour which weighed a kilogram.

Also among the 1,500 Race for Life runners was inspirational Annette Atkinson who completed the race ahead of starting her fourth course of gruelling chemotherapy tomorrow.

The rain held off and the town was lit up by the touching efforts of the fantastic women involved in yesterday’s event to do their bit to help fight cancer.

There were many emotional stories of dedicated families completing the distance in memory of a loved one lost to the devastating disease.

Klaudia Robinson.

Klaudia Robinson.

Klaudia completed the race alongside mum, Karen, 37, and older sister Kensey, 13, who live in the King Oswy area of town, in around 56 minutes.

Hartlepool school pupil Klaudia, who finished her 12-week chemotherapy treatment in August last year, told the Mail: “I’m so pleased to be here, it’s a brilliant day.”

An emotional Karen, who works as an administrator at St Hild’s C of E school, in King Oswy Drive, where Klaudia is a pupil, added: “When Klaudia was ill I kept a diary of everything that was going on.

“This time last year she began to lose her hair because of the treatment.

“A year on and she’s healthy and we completed the race, it’s just fantastic.”

Race organiser Holly Howey said with a beaming smile: “What a fantastic day, so many inspiring and fantastic ladies.

“Hartlepool should be proud.”

From the impressive race winner to the fantastic women who completed the 5km course in a wheelchair, everyone attended the event with one thing in mind – to raise enough money to help beat cancer.

Sally Smith, 25, from Chester Road, in Hartlepool was the first to cross the line in an impressive 21 minutes.

Sally completed the race in memory of Gillian Blain, the sister of her netball coach Barbara Brown who sadly lost her battle with cancer.

Sally told the Mail: “This is for Gillian and everyone else who has suffered.

“What a brilliant day.”

• See Tuesday’s Mail for more pictures