Havant women does Great South Run to help youngsters with cancer

Emma Ridley, centre middle row, and the group of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust runners
Emma Ridley, centre middle row, and the group of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust runners
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A Havant woman whose three-year-old nephew died from a brain tumour took on the Great South Run to help young people with cancer.

Emma Ridley, 33, joined 25,000 athletes and fundraisers to race 10 miles in and around Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard last weekend.

Running for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Emma raised a valuable £300 for the cancer charity.

She said: ‘I just thought it was such a great cause. My little boy actually lost his cousin to a brain tumour when he was three and that’s probably one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen, a three-year- old’s funeral, so this is a brilliant cause and anything that can help children get over such a vile disease, I’m on board.’

Completing the flat and fast course in what were heralded as excellent conditions for this year’s Great South Run, Emma crossed the finish line in an impressive 
1 hour 34 minutes and 55 seconds.

Speaking after the race, Emma said: ‘I just enjoyed every second of it; it was so good! I was smiling all the way round.

‘I couldn’t have had a better race. I think my favourite thing about it was the crowd.

‘They were just brilliant! When people were calling out my name because my name was on my top, I got such a buzz!’

The funds Emma has raised will contribute to giving a young person in recovery from cancer the chance to take part in a four-day sailing trip with the Trust for the first time next summer.

Launched in 2003, the aim of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is to give young people, aged between 8-24, in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

The Trust’s events and partnerships fundraising manager Clare Ross said: ‘We are grateful to Emma for running for the Trust, it shows a real commitment to take on this type of challenge.

‘The combined effort of our team of 
49 runners will make a difference to so many young people and help us on our way to achieving our three-year plan of doubling the number of young people we work with.’