Sun shines for Glasgow Race for Life

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Dr Zuzana Brabcova and Gaynor Williams-Hamilton

More than 7,000 people took part in the annual Cancer Research UK event at Glasgow Green

21st May 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

One of Scotland’s biggest fundraising events took place at the weekend – with thousands of participants having fun in the sun.

The Race for Life Glasgow was kicked off by two cancer survivors, with 7,300 runners taking part in the challenge at Glasgow Green.

Dr Zuzana Brabcova – battling cancer for the second time in just over a year – and Glasgow nurse Gaynor Williams-Hamilton, who lost her husband Muir Hamilton to throat cancer only three months after she had completed treatment for breast cancer, were the guests of honour at the event.

Dr Brabcova, who works for race organisers Cancer Research UK, said she had enjoyed meeting others who have battled the disease.

She said: “Today has been an emotional but a positive day. I've met so many other people who are also going through cancer. I want to do everything I can as part of a team of scientists to stop others from suffering."

Williams-Hamilton, who lost her husband aged 52 in December 2016, said that she was dedicating the challenge to her loved one.

"Muir was the love of my life and I miss him every single day,” she said. “We were married for almost 18 years and shared so many adventures together.

“I couldn't ever have imagined life without him so my Race for Life is dedicated to him and in memory of all those who have lost a loved one to this disease."

Race for Life spokeswoman Lisa Adams said: "We'd like to thank our VIP starters Zuzana and Gaynor and everyone who came along to make Race for Life Glasgow so special.

"Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. But thanks to the huge progress that has been made in the fight against the disease, more people in Scotland are surviving cancer than ever before. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come."