Friends take on Race for Life in memory of campaigner Liz

MEMORIES Liz Fallon (right) with her childhood friend Liz  Hewer, both wearing her badges, at last year's Great South Run
MEMORIES Liz Fallon (right) with her childhood friend Liz Hewer, both wearing her badges, at last year's Great South Run
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SHE became a huge inspiration to cancer fighters all around the world.

Now, a group of women are taking on Sunday’s Race for Life in the memory of Elizabeth Fallon, who lost her battle with breast cancer in January, aged 38.

Elizabeth – known as Liz – became famous for her ‘road to recovery’ badges, which were used as a sign of hope in a bid to beat the disease.

Celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Ant and Dec, and Stacey Solomon were photographed wearing her badges and hundreds of people wore them when they attended her funeral.

Close friend Liz Hewer, Elizabeth’s mum Margaret Cokeley and American friend Lisa Moon, who beat cancer, are taking part in the race.

Around a dozen people will all be walking or running in Elizabeth’s memory.

Elizabeth was a keen runner and used to enjoy running with her friends when they were at school.

Liz, 37, from Plymouth, will take on the 10k run and then she will walk the 5k straight after.

She said: ‘It’s for Liz. It’s nice to pay tribute to all the support she gave everybody else while she was alive.

‘So many things have come out since she died about how she supported individuals when she was poorly herself.

‘It’s nice to pay her back and remember her for who she was.

‘She was a fantastic athlete in her own right.

‘It was something that was planned months ago.

‘My husband has been away for four months so I’m looking after the kids and working, so it’s not been easy to do any training.’

The group will take on the Race for Life in Southsea to raise money for the Harbour Cancer Centre in Gosport.

Elizabeth’s mum, Margaret, 60, from Brighton Avenue, in Gosport, said: ‘She would be thrilled to bits. She would want me to run it.

‘All of Elizabeth’s friends have been absolutely fantastic. Her memory will live on for a long, long time yet.

‘Even people in America are doing a bike ride in Elizabeth’s memory.

‘She hasn’t been forgotten. I was always proud of her but everybody else is so pleased to do things for her so it puts a different slant on it.’

Liz also took on the Moonlit Memories walk through Portsmouth with friends last month, raising around £400 in memory of Elizabeth.

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