Sheffield opticians team set their sights on Race for Life

The team from Specsavers in Hillsborough eye up this year's Race For Life. From left to right: Danielle Hartley, Hannah Donnelley, Janet Thomas, Helen Wilkinson, Kate Crawshaw, Anna Horton, Emelia Slifirska, Francesca Marrison, Jane Worrall and Sue Wilford.
The team from Specsavers in Hillsborough eye up this year's Race For Life. From left to right: Danielle Hartley, Hannah Donnelley, Janet Thomas, Helen Wilkinson, Kate Crawshaw, Anna Horton, Emelia Slifirska, Francesca Marrison, Jane Worrall and Sue Wilford.

A team of opticians are making sure they stay focussed - on this year’s Race For Life in Sheffield!

The ladies, from the Hillsborough branch of Specsavers on Middlewood Road, have all signed up for the run on June 9, which is taking place around Meadowhall for the first time in aid of Cancer Research UK.

One of the opticians, 28-year-old Danielle Hartley, inspired her friends to take part after her fiancée Glenn Cambell overcame testicular cancer.

Glenn, 35, who works as a PE teacher, has taken on the role of official team coach, putting the women through their paces twice a week in Hillsborough Park.

Danielle said Glenn was diagnosed in December 2010, after finding a lump.

At first his GP thought it was an infection, but a scan later showed the lump was cancerous.

A week later, Glenn underwent surgery and was given chemotherapy.

He now needs annual check-ups.

“I never guessed that cancer was going to come into my life,” said Danielle, who is getting married in August.

“Most of my colleagues in Sheffield have also been touched by cancer in some way, so we thought it would be a great idea to enter as a team for the Meadowhall Race for Life.

As well as raising money for such a brilliant cause, it is a really great team bonding activity.

“And thanks to Glenn being our team trainer, it’s also helping us get fitter, which will also help me look my best in my wedding dress in August!”

The team hopes to raise £500 and will be wearing special t-shirts emblazoned with the word ‘SpecRacers’, as well as donning joke glasses.

The Race For Life course runs for 5km, starting and finishing in the Oasis centre at Meadowhall.

Women of all ages and levels of fitness can take part, and have the chance to jog, run or even dance around the route.

* Visit Race for Life or call 0845 600 6050 to enter.

* To support the opticians visit their fundraising page at SpecRacers 347 or donate by texting THRE47 £, followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070 - for example, THRE47 £5. The text is free to send on any mobile network.

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