Slimmers raised over £700 for a leading cancer charity when they held a Slimming World does Race for Life Event in Berwick.
The women and men, who came along with their friends and families are all members of the Black & Gold and Kings Arms Slimming World groups.
They held their own 5K event to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the organisation’s charity partner throughout 2014.
The group also welcomed the people of Berwick to join in, including Tweed Striders and staff from Asda, who kindly donated the water for the event and saw over 70 people take part, along with lots of spectators who supported the entrants across the finish line.
The Berwick group’s race was part of a wider national event running across all Slimming World groups. The race was not competitive and participants could choose the distance they wanted to cover.
Julia Burn, who runs the two Slimming World groups, said: “It was a fantastic event with a real feel-good atmosphere. We saw young, old, male and female participants enter the event, with a range of different abilities and fitness levels.
“Entrants could run, walk, cycle or skate across the finish line – whatever they wanted – as long as they crossed the finish line we didn’t mind at all!
She added: “I’m so pleased with how much we raised for Cancer Research UK and I think the event showed people just how motivating being part of a group like ours can be.”
Every penny raised will go towards an amazing cause – helping Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering, life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers. One in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and research has shown that many types of cancer are more common in people who are overweight.
“Cancer touches so many people’s lives and at Slimming World we’re determined to do anything we can to help people lead healthier lives in whatever way possible, that’s why I’m so pleased that my Slimming World group got right behind this event and encouraged others to do the same,” said Julia.
Colleen Wilson, a member who has lost 6st since joining in January, says: “I ran the 5K in memory of my mother in law. It’s a cause very close to my heart and I found the event a heart-warming and touching experience.
“I used to really struggle with exercise, and found it really daunting taking those first steps to becoming more active. With Slimming World I learnt that the key is to start small and find something that you enjoy doing, and I’ve found that’s the best way to keep active and lose weight at the same time.
“There’s no rule that says being active has to involve a gym or running shorts – walking to collect my children from school or hitting the dance floor on a night out is enough to compliment my weight loss beautifully.
“I definitely wouldn’t have entered a distance race before I found Slimming World, but since losing weight I’m feeling much healthier, happier and more confident – I’m so proud of myself and I know my friends and family are too.”