Friends who were in it together

The group of friends from Peterlee
The group of friends from Peterlee

A GROUP of east Durham friends were in it together as they tackled the five kilometre course.

Cancer survivor Janice Felton, 55, from Peterlee, was joined by her pals as she tackled the route - eight years after battling cancer herself.

She was diagnosed as having breast cancer at 47 and admitted: “It was devastating but the worst part wasn’t being told I had it. It was trying to tell my family. That was the really difficult part.”

She needed a bilateral mastectomy as well as chemotherapy and is now clear of the disease. She described yesterday’s race as “fantastic.”

Also there were Trudy Wilkinson, 42, Michelle Lowes, 45, Karen Howley, 45, and Tina Smith, 58, all from Peterlee.

Trudy described the atmosphere as “brilliant” on the seafront where she was running in memory of her mum Maureen who died from cancer aged 71, last year, and for her friend Hilda Priestley, from Horden who was recovering from cancer after having surgery last week.

She told the Mail: “The great thing about this event is it is really well organised. There are 16 of us doing it together and we are all going to the pub afterwards to celebrate.”