When Fiona Miller crossed the finish line of the 2017 Asda Foundation Burnley 10K she was confident it would be her final race
But she is back this year running in memory of her sister, Diane, who was 57-years-old when in October last year she lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
Fiona, who is fundraising for Cancer Research UK, is also taking part to support her mum, Elizabeth, who has cancer.
Fiona, who works for Burnley Borough Council and lives in the town, said: “Diane had been diagnosed just over two years earlier in June 2016, less than a month after retiring from her job with the NHS.
“She bravely fought the disease with two bouts of chemotherapy but it won in the end.
“My mum was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October 2014 and beat it but unfortunately now has secondaries in her pelvic region. She's 83-years-old and is remarkable, as is my 88-year-old dad, Keith, who's supported mum and Diane throughout the past five years.
“I've run several 10k races before, both in Manchester and Burnley. I thought the Burnley one I completed in 2017 would be my last - I'm 56, nearly 57 - but I feel I need to raise money and do my best one more time to celebrate Diane and support mum, so here I am.
“It does give you the incentive to train when there's a race to aim for, so I've been pounding the streets at night after coming home from work.
“I don't find running easy and I'm nowhere near the fastest but race day is a great atmosphere and money is raised for many good causes. Living in Burnley makes the race special and as a massive Burnley FC fan it's great that it passes Turf Moor.”
Fiona’s fundraising can be supported at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/fionas-giving-page-238