Ripon torchbearer Races for Life

Amy Mackenzie, 11, Rachel Speight-McGregory of Cancer Research UK, Helen Mackenzie and Laura Mackenzie, 13. (1205015AM)

Amy Mackenzie, 11, Rachel Speight-McGregory of Cancer Research UK, Helen Mackenzie and Laura Mackenzie, 13. (1205015AM)

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A RIPON woman who has beaten breast cancer will be taking prime position at this weekend’s Race for Life in Harrogate.

Helen Mackenzie and her team have been given race numbers one to six to wear at the 5km fundraising run on Sunday, May 20.

Helen Mackenzie with her daughters Amy (11) and Laura  (13) (1205015AM5)

Helen Mackenzie with her daughters Amy (11) and Laura (13) (1205015AM5)

Organisers gave Helen the numbers in honour of her role as an Olympic torch bearer, and the numbers will also show the date 2012.

Helen said: “The Race for Life people gave me the choice of having number one or number 2012, and I couldn’t decide, so they gave me both.”

Helen has run in Race for Life before, but said this will be the first year she will take part feeling fit and healthy after recovering from cancer.

She will run with her daughters Amy and Laura; two students from Ripon Grammar School, where she works as sports coordinator, whose family members have suffered from cancer; and fellow sports coordinator Emily Falcus from Outwood Academy Ripon.

Helen and Emily have teamed up with Cancer Research UK’s Area Fundraising Manager Rachel Speight-McGregor to put on a special Race for Life event for Ripon schools later this year.

On Monday, June 25, World Sports Day, 3000 pupils from the city’s primary and secondary schools will join for a 1-5km walk, jog or run at Ripon Grammar School.

The pupils will each raise at least £3 in sponsorship for Cancer Research UK, and Helen said she is looking forward to bringing the city’s school children together to mark the Olympic year.

To sponsor Helen and her Race for Life team visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/mac-attack, or the World Sports Day fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/riponworldsportsday2012.