She was once a familiar face on the touchline of Lowestoft Town Football Club, ready to race on to the pitch with a medical kit to revive injured players.

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But after spending the last six-and-a-half years battling serious and life-threatening illnesses Alison Kent faces a new sporting challenge – to help the fight against cancer.

Alison, who was the Trawler Boys’ physio between 1999 and 2009, will be taking part in the Race for Life in May in a wheelchair to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

It will be the second year in the row that the 47-year-old from Carlton Colville will join hundreds of others in the Race for Life at the Norfolk Showground.

Alison will use a wheelchair on Sunday, May 19 because the five kilometre race is too long for her to walk because of her health.

The mother-of-three has mobility problems after she was diagnosed with life-threatening womb cancer in 2006, which led to surgery and lifelong side effects linked to a serious injury she then suffered in 2009.

As Alison prepares for her latest fundraiser, she hopes other women will be inspired to join her on her 5K challenge and other Race for Life runs in the region.

She said: “If I can do the Race for Life anyone can. I would urge all women to join the battle against cancer by signing up for it,” she added.

Alison was inspired to take part in the Race for Life after Lowestoft businessman Gary Bennett, who has a modified Cancer Research UK charity vehicle called Lauren Lou, helped her move to her new home.

To find out about the Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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