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It's a real family affair as three generations Race for Life

PUBLISHED: 10:24 02 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 02 May 2015

Michelle Allen(centre) and (l to r) her daughters Kelsey, Bryoney, mother Sandra and niece Alice who are taking part in Race for Life.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Michelle Allen(centre) and (l to r) her daughters Kelsey, Bryoney, mother Sandra and niece Alice who are taking part in Race for Life. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant Norfolk.

After beating cancer twice a Norwich grandmother is taking part in a charity race - with her daughter and granddaughters.

Michelle Allen(centre) and (l to r) her daughters Kelsey, Bryoney, mother Sandra and niece Alice who are taking part in Race for Life.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Michelle Allen(centre) and (l to r) her daughters Kelsey, Bryoney, mother Sandra and niece Alice who are taking part in Race for Life. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Sandra Payne, mother-of-four and grandmother-of-six decided to take part in the Race for Life after her daughter Michelle got involved last year.

And now two of her grandchildren - Bryony, six, and Kelsey, four - will be joining them on the five-kilometre run, as well as her 15-year-old niece Alice Hampton.

70-year-old Mrs Payne said she became more active when her son, who works in fitness, encouraged her to start running.

“It is now a huge part of my life - I think I am a bit addicted. If I don’t do eight miles a day I start to get a bit worried,” she said.

Mrs Payne, who now lives in Hellesdon, has lived in Norwich for the past 48 years.

“I had a funny dream that we all took part in the race with my granddaughters joining me and Michelle and I thought wouldn’t it be nice if we had three generations running the race,” she added.

Her daughter, Michelle Allen, 36, of Mulbarton, took part in the race after her mum was diagnosed with skin cancer and then breast cancer.

“It is an issue that is quite close to home with mum’s battle, and we also have friends at church who have lost their fight with cancer,” she said.

Mrs Allen, who has lost six stone since she started jogging, said: “We never used to be quite such a sporty family.”

“The girls are so excited, it is a little bit of a struggle for little legs but they are doing really well with their practising,” she added.

The family will be taking part in the Race for Life on Sunday, May 17 at the Norfolk Showground.

• If you would like to donate go to: www.justgiving.com/michelleallen0

• Are you taking part in the Race for Life? Tell us your story by emailing george.ryan@archant.co.uk

Racing to raise £50m this year

Over the past 20 years, more than seven million women have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, raising more than £513 million to fund the charity’s life-saving work.

In 2015 Cancer Research UK hopes that Race for Life will raise a further £50 million so that it can keep on fighting until cures for all 200 types of cancer, affecting men, women and children, are found.

You can walk, jog or charge a 5k or 10k, take part in one of our muddy obstacle course events or try out a half or full marathon.

There are 5k races in Norwich on May 16 and 17, and a 10k race on May 16. A Pretty Muddy 5k race take s place in earlham Park on July 26.

Find out more at raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

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