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Swimming pool turns pink in support of this year’s Race for Life event

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:38 30 April 2018

Laura Hughes, left, who has breast cancer, and Samantha Catling, right, area marketing manager for Cancer Research UK, with women enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Laura Hughes, left, who has breast cancer, and Samantha Catling, right, area marketing manager for Cancer Research UK, with women enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The water at one of Norwich’s swimming pools turned bright pink to raise awareness for Race for Life.

Women enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYWomen enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Riverside Leisure Centre gave their teaching pool a temporary Race for Life style makeover during their ladies only session on Friday, April 27

With just two weeks to go until Race for Life returns to the city, it is hoped the pink pool will inspire women to sign up and take part.

Laura Hughes, 30 has stage four breast cancer. She was at the pool handing out Race for Life beach balls to swimmers braving the pink water.

She was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 26 and had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Women enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYWomen enjoying the pink teaching pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre, to support Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Just as her life was getting back to normal, she started to get severe pains in her shoulder. Her cancer had returned and spread to her bones.

She now has regular treatment to keep the cancerous cells from growing, but there is no cure for stage four cancer.

Miss Hughes, said: “I am determined to keep living life to the full, this month I’ve been celebrating turning 30 with all of my friends and family.

“I have a ‘life is for living’ list and keep doing lovely things to get the most out of every day.

“It’s because of research that I am still here and to tell my story and that’s why I think Race for Life is so important. The fundraising local people do will help scientists develop new treatments.

“Any event which raises awareness for cancer is important.”

Miss Hughes will also be at the Norwich Race’s for Life events cheering on everyone.

Gemma Turpin, Race for Life event manager, said: “We brought a sneak preview of the Race for Life spirit to Norwich and we hope local women will feel inspired to act now and join thousands of women to help us beat cancer sooner.”

Thanks to advances in research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.”

Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy obstacle course, 5k and 10k events take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May at the Norfolk Showground.

To sign up for Race for Life, visit raceforlife.org

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