Looking for motivation to get active? Running for us could be the perfect start to your fitness journey. Vicky Webster, 50, a full-time cleaner from North Frodingham, will be taking part in the Hull Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Research in September and has had her fair share of ups and downs when it comes to running.
Vicky kicked things things off in 2008 with the Race for Life at Sewerby and followed this up with the Leeds Abbey Dash in November of that year. She finished this without any training “feeling very sick and dizzy at the finish line” and admits that this experience really did put her off running for a good few years!
“However, I still ran the Race for Life each year. In 2013 a young girl in the village asked if she could run with me as she was on her own and of course I said yes. We then started to run together on Sunday mornings in 2014 as a way of keeping fit. I’d been a member of Wolds Way to Health Gym in Driffield since 2007 but to be honest, didn’t ever challenge myself with anything too strenuous! When the gym owner found out I’d been out running he asked if I’d like to join the gym’s 10K team and run Run for All Hull 10K. All I had going through my head was the disastrous Leeds race but I said ‘OK’ – then panicked. This time was different though. I trained and completed the race feeling very proud of myself. Well that was it, I’d caught the running bug, and entered the Walkington 10K and Scarborough 10K to finish the year off. 2015 saw me completing my first half marathon. It was an ambition of mine to complete a marathon before I was 50, so in 2016 I entered the Greater Manchester Marathon. I enjoyed it so much that a few months later I entered the Hull Marathon. Towards the end of last year I joined a local running club, Driffield Striders. I’ve really enjoyed the different runs and training we do and have met some wonderful people who have become great friends.”
Sadly, in March this year Vicky’s mother, Carol Roberts, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer that claimed her life with shocking speed:
“She had an emergency scan and on the 20th was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer which had spread to her spine, liver and kidneys. She was discharged from hospital on the 21st. We knew with a diagnosis as severe as that, that we wouldn’t have long left with Mum, but thought perhaps a few weeks at home and then she would be admitted to a hospice. The reality however was that in the early hours of 27th March, she died at home very peacefully. She was 70.”
Despite this terrible turn of events, Vicky has chosen to turn her grief into something positive:
“I knew I wanted to raise money for research into cancer, but wanted it to stay in Yorkshire. My mother-in-law died in 2012 from cancer, and I’ve lost countless friends and relatives to this dreadful disease… I feel proud to wear the Yorkshire Cancer Research vest on my training runs and hope that on 24th September I’ll cross the finish line with a huge grin on my face.”
We can’t wait to cheer Vicky on and we hope you’ll support all her efforts by donating to her everyday hero page.
Shockingly, Yorkshire has the third highest cancer incidence rates in England. Mortality rates are higher than the national average and survival rates for many of the most common cancers are below the national average. If Yorkshire matched the best-performing local authority in England, we could save 2,000 more lives every year. So we’ve committed to spending £100m to achieve this by 2025.
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting screening programmes and funding innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.