Doncaster mum tackling Race for Life

Jill Hughes with her sons, Mitchell, 12 and Mackenzie, 10.
Jill Hughes with her sons, Mitchell, 12 and Mackenzie, 10.

A nurse who has spent years caring for cancer patients is hitting back after her own battle with the disease.

Mum of two Jill Hughes, aged 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer last July.

A year on, she is now fighting back by entering the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Clumber Park on September 13 and 14.

Jill, who works at Doncaster Royal Infirmary as a colorectal nurse specialist with cancer patients, will tackle a muddy 5k obstacle course.

She was diagnosed with cancer just three weeks after taking part in a 10k Race for Life event at Clumber Park.

On the same day, one of her running friends, Delia Higgins, was given also given a breast cancer diagnosis.

Jill, who is mum to Mitchell, aged 12, and Mackenzie, 10, went to the doctors after suffering pain in her left breast and finding an egg-sized lump.

Nine days later she underwent surgery.

In October she began four-and-a-half months of intensive chemotherapy treatment which caused all of her hair to fall out.

In February her treatment ended, with a month of radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Jill, from Hatfield Woodhouse, said: “I now feel really good again and have gone back to work. It was a very difficult time but I was lucky to have the support of my family and friends.

“Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts. I’m so grateful for the research that’s helped me and now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work.”

Not content with taking on one sporting event this year, Jill has also entered the Great North Run in September.

Sarah Threadgall, Cancer Research UK’s events manager, said: “We’ve got an army of feisty females like Jill to help us stop cancer in its tracks.

“Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around.”

There are a few places left for the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Clumber Park.

Visit Race for Life or call 0845 6006050.