Havant’s Main ladies do their dad’s memory proud in Race for Life

(l-r) Lyndsay, 15, and Mhari Main, 13, whose father John Main died of cancer in 2011. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142163-40)
(l-r) Lyndsay, 15, and Mhari Main, 13, whose father John Main died of cancer in 2011. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142163-40)

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THEIR dad would have been glowing with pride as Lyndsay and Mhari Main crossed the finish line together.

The sisters, from Havant, took part in yesterday’s Race for Life along with more than 7,000 other women battling an enemy that has affected many – cancer.

The girls mum, Bridget Main, was also on Southsea Common to run in memory of her husband, John, who died from cancer of the esophagus.

Lyndsay, 15, said: ‘I’m doing the race for my family and to make my dad proud.

‘It’s nice to see what other people are running for as well, and it brings everybody together.’

Mhari, 13, said: ‘We want to make sure that if our little brother Charlie gets it later on that he’s able to survive.’

John, a Royal Marine, died on Remembrance Day, 2011, aged 54.

He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009.

Bridget said: ‘He had an operation to remove it, but then, 18 months later, it came back.

‘Five weeks later, he died.’

Bridget is a Chief Petty Officer social worker in the Royal Navy, stationed at HMS Nelson.

She met John when they were both working at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent.

Bridget said that she had first-hand experience of just how crucial fundraising events like the Race for Life is for cancer research.

She realised the importance after John had an operation to have his esophagus removed.

‘When he was recovering in hospital there was a man in the bed opposite him who had been re-admitted,’ said Bridget.

‘He’d gone through the same operation 18 months earlier.

‘His scar literally went right down his body.

‘It was a zip from the top of his chest to the bottom of his torso.

‘But when John had his operation, he had only two small scars on his front, and another scar on his back.

‘Some people say you can’t necessarily see the results of the fundraising, but there was a huge progression from what we could see.’

Bridget said John was a loving father who enjoyed DIY.

Participants in the Portsmouth Race for Life raised more than £440,000 for Cancer Research UK.

To read The News’ well done message to all those who took part in Race for Life click here.