A GROUP of determined local women are pulling on their trainers to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
The nine women – who range in age from 25 to 50 – were inspired to enter the event at Beveridge Park in memory of their friends and family, including Ian Stevenson who died after being diagnosed with cancer.
Ian’s daughter, Lynn Henderson, a member of the Slimming World group in Leven, encouraged her fellow slimmers to get involved in the run up to the race.
Lynn, a financial support officer for Fife Council who lives in East Wemyss, said: “My dad was so easy going and a real gentleman and ever so determined and brave.
“He never complained throughout his treatment and his attitude was always that life must go on.
“He was initially diagnosed with lung cancer but later developed throat, ear and facial cancer.
“After being given a prognosis of just a year to live, he battled on for one year and a day.
“We all miss him very much.”
This is the third time Lynn has taken part in the Race for Life.
The first time she was inspired to sign up was in 2010, six months before Ian died, and when the event was on Father’s Day.
This year Lynn is joined by Slimming World consultant Noreen Simpson and a team of nine friends from the group who are taking part under the banner of the SW Leven Lovelies.
They will also be joined for the first time by Lynn’s eight-year-old son Robbie, as well as her 19-year-old niece Katie, who were both very close to their grandfather.
Lynn, Robbie and Katie are pictured in the front row of our picture along with the rest of the Lovelies.
The SW Leven Lovelies, who have lost a combined total of 9 stone and 4lb are going to walk the 5k course at Beveridge Park on Sunday 24 June, and are hoping to raise £400 together. Anyone wishing to sponsor them should visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/sw-leven-lovelies.