CEREBRAL PALSY RUNNER THRILLED WITH FINISHING LAST BECAUSE IT WAS A PERSONAL BEST

    CEREBRAL PALSY RUNNER THRILLED WITH FINISHING LAST BECAUSE IT WAS A PERSONAL BEST

    A courageous woman with cerebral palsy is thrilled with finishing last in a run – because she ran her personal best.

    Brave Nicola Tester overcame her disability, that causes extreme muscle weakness, to proudly cross the line in last place after the 5km fun run.

    Nicola, 42, completed her sixth Race for Life event in an impressive time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 33 seconds – her personal best.

    The brave runner, from Crawley, West Sussex, was inspired by her late mother, who once battled back to fitness after overcoming bone cancer.

    Speaking after the Sunday run, Nicola said: “I like to take part in the Race For Life so I can do something for charity.

    “I’ve been doing this for six years now, and I’ve recorded my personal best this year.

    “I’m very proud and happy.

    “My mum suffered from bone cancer many years ago, and I just wanted to do something to help.

    “Luckily she beat the cancer, but sadly recently passed away.

    “I’ve raised thousands over the years and love coming to Tilgate Park for the atmosphere and to take part in the event.”

    Nicola was accompanied by her friend Marilyn Le Feuvre, who she met when she ran her first race, and the pair have run together each year ever since.

    Marilyn insisted they were in no rush to finish and had great support as they completed the course.

    Marilyn, 57, said: “We both took part in the Race For Life six years ago and ever since we do the race with one another.

    “There is no rush, we have such great support and we know that we are both helping people now and in the future.”

    Thousands of women, girls and boys, take part in Cancer Research’s Race For Life events each year.

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