Cancer survivor Sue Jones, 63, prepares for her ninth Race for Life
Sue Jones is pulling on her trainers for the ninth year in a row to take part in the annual Race for Life.
The 63-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
She had surgery to remove a lump, followed by six months of chemotherapy and then four weeks of radiotherapy.
But she managed to take part in the Loughborough Race for Life in 2005 – despite having lost all her hair.
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Sue, of Shepshed, said: "I was gobsmacked when I took part in that first Race of Life.
"It was the most amazing, exhilarating experience and I would encourage anyone who can to do it and keep on doing it."
Sue was diagnosed with cancer after missing her routine mammogram three times.
She said: "I didn't know anyone else who had had breast cancer back then, so when I was given the news that I had a fast-growing tumour I immediately thought I was going to die.
"It was all very frightening."
Sue, a former officer manager at Maplewell Hall Special School in Woodhouse Eaves, had a biopsy two days before Christmas but had to wait for a week for the results.
She said: "We just went through the motions that Christmas.
"I went back into hospital between Christmas and New Year and was told I would be having a lumpectomy in two weeks.
"I was extremely nervous but the staff at Glenfield Hospital were amazing and really helped put my mind at ease."
Sue, who has a son and daughter and five grandchildren and lives with her partner Vicki, said: "I had missed three mammograms because I had been so busy but I was very lucky because it turned out that they may not have found the lump at that early stage if I had attended the first appointment."
So far, Sue has raised more than £1,000 for race organisers Cancer Research UK, and is planning to complete her ninth race with friends and family in Leicester this summer.
Last year, more than 7,000 women took part in Race for Life in Leicestershire and raised £341,528.
This year, organisers are hoping 8,700 women will help to raise £500,000.
Katie Browing, Cancer Research UK's Loughborough events manager, said: "Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease."
Races will be held in Victoria Park, Leicester on Sunday, June 30. The 5km race begins at 10.30am and the 10km race at 2.30pm.
The Loughborough race will be held at Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, at 11am on Sunday, July 21. Participants will have the choice of a 5k or a 10k route.