Running for Cancer Research

A member of the Ashville Sports Centre team in Harrogate has started a charity fitness fundraising challenge, after a friend’s mother was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Part-time receptionist Ellie Prothero, a keen footballer who plays for Bradford City, is aiming to run 150 miles in 30 days for Cancer Research UK.

Ellie, who is recording her daily distance on the Strava app, set herself a fundraising figure of £300. But after clocking up 78 miles in 11 days, this figure now stands at more than £2,200.

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She said: “I never got to meet my grandma due to her sadly passing away to cancer. Recently, it has been brought close to home again as my best friend and housemate’s mum has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”

She added: “She is one of the most amazing, caring and selfless people that I have been lucky to meet.

“These are the reasons that I will be running 150 miles in 30 days to raise some money for this incredible cause and keep spirits high.”

Matt Shipley, Ashville Sports Operations Manager, said: “This is a tremendous challenge being undertaken by Ellie and all of her colleagues at Ashville Sports Centre are very proud of her efforts and the money she has already raised.

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“We are all keeping a watchful eye on her progress and we have every confidence she will successfully complete the 150 miles within her 30 day target.”

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in UK women, with more than 130 women every week told that they have the disease. It is often not diagnosed until it has spread, making it harder to treat.

For those wishing to sponsor Ellie, her fundraising page can be found at:

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