Staffordshire group get Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research UK
A group of Staffordshire women who have all had breast cancer are calling on women and kids across the region to get dirty for a good cause at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Pretty Muddy.
The ‘Terrible Titties’, a group of 13 women who all met while having treatment for breast cancer at hospitals in Stafford and Stoke, are tackling the fun muddy obstacle course for the first time after successfully completing the 5k Race for Life at Trentham Gardens in June.
This year’s September 16 event at Central Forest in Stoke on Trent also includes a Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids event, designed specifically for children.
From scramble nets and space hoppers to mud chutes and muddy pools, participants in both adult and kids’ challenges will face a range of fun and filthy obstacles to crawl under, clamber over and charge through.
Founder member of The Terrible Titties, Rachael Jordan, aged 49, from Stafford, said: “We had an amazing time at Race for Life and we’re all very excited about taking part in Pretty Muddy and having an excuse to get covered in mud from head to toe.
“As well as raising money for a great cause it will be a chance to have a brilliant laugh and enjoy some camaraderie with friends – something we think is really important in recovering from breast cancer.”
Rachael, an office assistant at plant display company Funky Yukka in Stafford, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016. After being treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy she is now on the drug Tamoxifen and will be followed up for the next five years.
She added: “Most of the women in the group are either actively in treatment or just coming to the end of it. We’re a really varied bunch, from all walks of life.
“Once you come to the end of treatment the appointments and support fall away and people can feel very alone. That’s why getting together with other women who have been through the same thing is so important. It’s not all over when it’s over – for many people the aftermath of cancer is the hardest bit.
“We hope women and kids across Staffordshire will take the muddy plunge and join us at Pretty Muddy in Stoke on Trent in September. Together we are stronger, and together we can help beat this devastating disease.”
Everyone who takes part in Pretty Muddy helps raise valuable funds to beat cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.
Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Staffordshire, said: “We’re delighted that The Terrible Titties will be joining us at Pretty Muddy in Central Forest, Stoke on Trent. The obstacle course promises plenty of fun, thrills and spills and we hope both adults and children will rally their friends, family and schoolmates to sign up and get messy for Cancer Research UK.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Pretty Muddy at Stoke on Trent’s Central Forest on September 16 is a women-only, non-competitive 5k muddy obstacle course. The event is open to women and girls over 13, of all fitness levels. The entry fee is £19.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the cost of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
The entry fee for Pretty Muddy Kids is £10.00. The event is open to boys and girls aged from 5 to 12 years old and there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2m. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult, who have free entry to the event.
To enter Race for Life Pretty Muddy for adults or kids today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
For more information on The Terrible Tittles call Natasha Moore on 07944 858231 or Rachael Jordan on 07792 550677.