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A group of friends who’ve met through Albion in the Community’s (AITC) physical exercise programme for people with recent experiences of cancer are taking part in the BM10K this weekend.

The running group has been set up as one of the options offered by Brighter Outlook, a free, personalised physical activity programme for people living with or beyond cancer in Brighton and Hove. It is run by AITC, funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and supported by Macmillan...

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A group of friends who’ve met through Albion in the Community’s (AITC) physical exercise programme for people with recent experiences of cancer are taking part in the BM10K this weekend.

The running group has been set up as one of the options offered by Brighter Outlook, a free, personalised physical activity programme for people living with or beyond cancer in Brighton and Hove. It is run by AITC, funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and supported by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Research has shown that in most cases staying active during cancer treatment is safe and also has a host of positive impacts on health and fitness, including reduced fatigue, improved mood and decreased risk of the cancer reoccurring.

Brighter Outlook offers a variety of free to access activity options for people to suit all ages and abilities, from budding runners to seated circuits.

The running group meets every Monday morning in Hove and the session is proving particularly popular. In fact, six of the runners are taking part in the BM10K this Sunday to raise money for AITC.

Jane Wilkes, Maddie Tunks, Birgit Miller, Jo Rees, Julie Henderson and Paula Melis will be joined at the start line by AITC’s Ros Addison, a physical activity coach with the charity that helps run Brighter Outlook.

And each of the Brighter Outlook runners is adamant that attending the sessions with AITC has had a huge impact on their lives – not least Jane Wilkes who is determined to complete the 10k distance this weekend.

Jane is certainly no stranger to running. She has completed 21 marathons, three 50k runs and a 50-mile race. She started attending Brighter Outlook in January, around the same time as she began chemotherapy, having been referred to AITC by her Macmillan nurse. She was keen to keep running and says Brighter Outlook has given her the confidence to do so.

She explained: “Brighter Outlook has had a fantastic impact on my day to day life. Just to be doing a normal thing like running is so helpful and everyone is so lovely within this group. They have all been through cancer and come out the other end meaning they can give me tips and tell me what to expect.

“My motivation for signing up for the 10k was to complete a race. I wanted to prove to myself that chemo wasn’t going to beat me and that even if I had to walk to complete the race I would.

“I was used to running individually before this but this group understands what I’m going through and is so supportive that I’m not really sure what I’d do without it.”

For more information on Brighter Outlook, visit: www.brighteroutlook.org.uk or call: 01273 668591.

The Brighter Outlook runners are among 40 people taking part in the BM10K to raise money for AITC. They can be sponsored online at: www.justgiving.com/brighteroutlookrunninggroup.

For information on how you can raise money for the charity, email: fundraising@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.