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MUDDY MARVELS CLEANING UP FOR CHARITY.

Byline: SARAH PROBERT sarah.probert@trinitymirror.com

THOUSANDS of women cleaned up for charity when they turned out for the Pretty Muddy 5k race at Cofton Park in Longbridge.

The run, held on the same day as a 10k Race for Life event at the park, was organised to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Those taking part had to run and tackle a series of muddy obstacles, where they then get showered in even more mud.

It was the last in a series of Race for Life events across the West Midlands, which have attracted more than 30,000 entrants and helped to raise thousands for Cancer Research UK.

Starting the Pretty Muddy event off was six-year-old Thomas Griffiths, from Tipton, who is currently being treated for leukaemia.

Thomas was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2013 after complaining of sore legs.

The youngster, who attends Tividale Community Primary School, had to undergo six months of intense chemotherapy before switching to what's called maintenance treatment - a less intense form of chemotherapy, which will continue for another year.

Proud mum Emma Griffiths, who ran the Pretty Muddy in honour of Thomas's bravery, said: "Thomas has taken his treatment in his stride - he's been amazing. When he was first diagnosed we thought we were going to lose him but, thanks to treatment, he's doing really well now.

"That's why I want to do my bit to help other families stay together in future. I did Pretty Muddy last year and it was great fun. I'd recommend it to anyone."

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK's doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children.

Tracey Duffy, Race for Life event manager in the West Midlands, said: "Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events are not competitive. They're not about being fit or fast.

"Women can complete the courses at their own pace, enjoying the camaraderie of being part of an army of women coming together in the fight against cancer."

? For more information or to find out about Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org

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