Worksop sisters run marathon in aid of Aurora cancer support charity

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Two Worksop sisters aged 9 and 11 are running a marathon over four days raising money for cancer support charity Aurora.

Lily and Summer Johnson will take on the challenge this weekend - running between six and seven miles during each session.

The girls are taking on the feat as part of mum Sarah Johnson’s fundraising campaign to help Aurora support children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.

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Sarah, 42, is currently awaiting surgery for her second mastectomy operation after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.

Chris and Sarah Johnson with other runners supporting their Run The Wall campaignChris and Sarah Johnson with other runners supporting their Run The Wall campaign
Chris and Sarah Johnson with other runners supporting their Run The Wall campaign | User (UGC)

PE teacher Sarah was due to run the length of Hadrian’s Wall - 90 miles coast-to-coast - this month until the Covid-19 pandemic had made it impossible.

However plucky youngsters Lily, 11, and Summer, 9, have been joined by scores of other runners across Worksop - who are completing ‘virtual legs’ of the 90-mile ordeal during May.

So far their combined efforts - during which they have clocked up about 2,000 miles a week - have raised between £4,000 and £5,000 for Sarah’s campaign - named Run The Wall.

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Speaking about the girls proud dad Chris Johnson, 42, said: “I think they’ll be fine.

Chris and Sarah Johnson with daughters Lily and SummerChris and Sarah Johnson with daughters Lily and Summer
Chris and Sarah Johnson with daughters Lily and Summer | User (UGC)

“They’re both part of Worksop Harriers - but they’ve never strung this distance together before.

“It’ll be a big challenge for them to do it over four days but we’re going to run with them.”

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Aurora Wellbeing Centres provide support for cancer patients - including counselling, support groups and workshops and beauty treatments and therapies.

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Chris, who is still planning on running 90 miles in four days, told how Run The Wall had now raised over £23,000 for charity.

However he and Sarah hope part of their cash gift will go towards creating a special support service for the children of those suffering with cancer.

Though the Hadrian’s Wall route had now been cancelled it is now scheduled to go ahead between May 29 and June 1 next year.

He said: “People are obviously disappointed that it was cancelled but everyone has been doing really well this month.

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“People have been fantastic getting miles in and promoting their own events on social media.”

To donate to Run The Wall click HERE.

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