Cancer. It's a word, not a sentence. But it's the one word that can send a chill down your back. Whether it's your own diagnosis or that of a loved one, it's a disease that can turn into a protracted affair, overwhelming a person's life. Today statistics show that 1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. But there's also reason for hope, and it's that hope and the fight the fight, find the cure attitude that's motivated us today. Through charity events such as the race for life, cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. Surely that's a reason in itself to donate to such a worthy cause.
This is a Charity close to many hearts, so every year The Boarding House Charity Committee run by Miss Smith participate to raise money and awareness. We started this journey in Term 2 and as a team we were committed to raising as much money as possible and training to be the best we can be on the day. The committee did this by setting up a Just Giving page and this was shared with family and friends and even re-tweeted by @raceforlife on Twitter. The support we have had was absolutely phenomenal and we raised over £360!
This brings us to Saturday 16th June where The Wellesley Girls, Miss Smith, Miss Rodriguez and Mrs Doyle were up early ready to get the girls pumped and excited. On arrival to the event we couldn't believe our luck as the sun was beautiful compared to last year’s rain. The warm up was really fun and uplifting this got our bodies ready for what lied ahead. Hundreds of runners crowded around whilst we took part in a warm up routine. After listening to other people stories we got separated into three groups; runners, joggers and walkers. We were ready! Full of hope and perseverance, running for an amazing charity, we all had a belief that a positive outcome lies ahead for all cancer fighters. We know that for some this belief can be difficult to hold onto in the face of cancer, but today as a team, knowing how to create a sense of hope helped those face cancer survivorship with strength and confidence. The countdown begun and the Mexican wave followed many pounding footsteps as we set off running. This is where Miss Rodriquez’s training sessions every Wednesday kicked in and helped people achieve amazing run times. Running conditions were easier with the clouds and refreshing with the water that was sprayed at us around the event track. This was the second time we’d entered the muddy event as opposed to just the run and I don’t quite think the girls were prepared for the mud and water. The obstacles were hilarious, form diving in a pool of mud, crawling under military nets to space hopping across a field. There were many laughs and smiles all around and the girls had a fantastic time. The second person across the finish line was Alexia followed by Aurora in third place. This was the start of many personal best run times and sense of achievement. We wore our medals home with pride and we can’t wait for next year!
Written by Shauna Throssell and Miss Smith.