Article summary: PETA health and safety administrator Sharon Jenkins completed the Pretty Muddy 5K charity event in Southsea in the autumn to raise money for Cancer Research after losing a friend to the disease a few years ago.
Pretty Muddy events encompass multiple obstacles and plenty of mud and water to ensure they are fun but challenging. They are offered in both child and adult categories, with the adult events ranging from 3k to 10k distances meaning there’s something to suit all abilities. You can walk or run the courses and they are not races so you do not have to finish in a set time.
These events are held annually, all over the country, so you’re never too far from a Pretty Muddy if you’d like to get involved! You can enter as an individual or as part of a team if you’d like a bit of moral support. The events are held and organised by Cancer Research UK to give people the chance to take part in a fundraising event for an amazing cause, and one that has touched so many people.
“I choose to do this event yearly to raise money for a worthwhile cause that resonates for so many. A friend of mine passed away from breast and lung cancer in 2017 and very recently, another close friend was also battling this terrible disease with a terminal diagnosis. Sadly, she also passed away this week, which has saddened me greatly. With the help of donations from family, friends and work colleagues I managed to raise a total of £340, which I’m thrilled about.”
Sharon enjoys regular jogs along the beach and has been taking part in the standard Race for Life since 2008 until she switched to the Pretty Muddy in 2018. She’s already signed up for the 2022 event, which is scheduled to take place on 2 July and she's hoping to encourage a team of PETA colleagues to take part alongside her.
Cancer Research UK is a charity that was set up 20 years ago to raise money to fund research to beat this disease that comes in so many forms and affects so many of us each and every year. In our lifetime, 1 in 2 of us will get cancer, but it is hoped that the research undertaken will eventually lead to cures for all cancers and in the meantime help develop better, kinder and more effective treatments.
Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is a series of events put on to raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Over the past 20 years, more than 8 million people have taken part in the Race for Life, raising over £547 million to fund the charity's life-saving work.
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