Sister’s inspiration to run half marathon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 March 2015

Faye, Rachel and Sally at the Balth Half Marathon

Faye, Rachel and Sally at the Balth Half Marathon


THREE former Gordano School pupils took on the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday to raise money in honour of one of their sisters who is having cancer treatment.

Sally Harrison was supported by her best friends Rachel Orme and Faye Cooper for the 13.1-mile race, which they ran in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

All aged 29, they attended Gordano School in Portishead together.

Sally decided to take part in the race after her sister Kat, aged 30, was diagnosed with hon-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Sally was travelling and so was away for some of the time that her sister had treatment, including six rounds of chemotherapy.

However, Sally decided she needed to do something to show her support for Kat and when she returned home signed up for the Bath event.

While Rachel is a keen runner, this was the first half marathon Sally and Faye had taken part in.

Sally, who now lives in Southville, Bristol, said: “They both signed up to support me, in support of Kat.

“The race was incredible and the atmosphere was amazing. We had some great supporters there with us.

“We have raised almost £2,000. Our target was only a mere £300.

“Kat has been an amazing inspiration. She has been strong throughout and has always had a smile on her face. I want to thank everyone who has helped her.

“Kat came out of hospital yesterday and now we just have to wait to see if the treatment has worked. She may need a stem cell transplant which will probably come from me.”

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