Race for Life runner at Lincolnshire Showground still recovering from cancer surgery
UPDATE: The Race for Life has been postponed due to the heavy rain on Friday. The new date is still to be confirmed.
A Lincolnshire woman is taking part in the Race for Life this weekend as she recovers from surgery following cancer.
Susan Stannard will take to the course at the Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday, July 8 – three weeks after a breast reconstruction operation.
The 59-year-old from Caythorpe, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011.
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She entered the event last year shortly after a mastectomy.
"When I was diagnosed I had feelings of shock and horror. I went through a bit of an emotional collapse," she said.
"After a while, once it had sunk in, I decided to tackle it and make sure I beat it.
"Last year I only had about half an inch of hair and I sprayed it pink so everybody knew I was a cancer patient.
"Lincoln was the hub of all my treatment and they were fantastic so I was determined to do the event there."
Mrs Stannard believes her experiences with her illness and the previous Race for Life have left her in a strong position for the future.
"Last year meant a lot to me, I even wore the trainers I used at the event to walk down to the operating theatre.
"I am really positive about the future now. I have been through the tough times and it is time to look forward.
"Being positive is the only way to tackle adversity.
"I can't wait for this year's event and I am going to give it my all," she said.
In addition to Mrs Stannard, around 2,500 women have signed up to complete the 5 kilometre course at the Lincolnshire Showground.
Most women walk the course in about an hour.
Organisers hope they will raise a total of £180,000 from Lincoln's race.
Alison Mackfall, Race for Life event manager for Lincoln, said: "I feel so proud and grateful to everyone who is taking part in the Race for Life in Lincoln and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them."
To sponsor Mrs Stannard, visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/susanstannard