A Northgate Arena gym instructor is running the Race for Life this year after her life changed forever the day her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Lynn Smith said: “The cancer was identified in May and mum died, aged 76, a few weeks later in August. She’d never had any real health issues previously. It was completely devastating for all the family.”

On July 17, mum of two Lynn, from Broughton, will join thousands of other Chester women and children in this year’s Race for Life, a 5k fundraiser through the city in aid of Cancer Research. With other instructors, she’ll take part in the warm up routine before the pink-clad army of runners sets off on the course.

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Lynn hopes to raise more than £150 for the charity by taking part as well as remembering mum Marjorie in the process.

Lyn remembers: “My mum became a housewife as soon as she and dad had children. She’d had a problem with gallstones but health wise that was about it. One day she complained about a slight niggle in her side and went to see the doctor. They told us it was cancer of the gall bladder and at an advanced stage.

“Cancer really does touch everyone. When my mum died I was tested for the same cancer gene. I decided to have my gall bladder removed as a precaution. Gall bladder cancer is more prevalent in women and I have two daughters. At the moment they have no signs of gallstones or other triggers but they will have to think about this through their lives.”

Brio Leisure’s managing director Elly McFahn said: “Brio is privileged to be a partner in such a wonderful and inspiring fund raising event. I think we all know or have heard of a family who has been affected by this disease. Events like this help us to remember those lost to cancer but also have hugely positive effects on helping others survive and fight on.”

This year, Brio Leisure opens the race with an energetic warm up routine before the team at Northgate Arena join Lynn on the course. There will be special guest appearances by Brio Bear and the fitness team will be on hand all day to help with top training tips and motivation for all runners.

Race for Life is open to women and children. There’s an entrance fee and all funds raised go towards cancer research projects.

For more information, go to: www.brioleisure.org/raceforlife