Fiona kicks butt again!
On Sunday 21st July, CIA’s Personnel Director, Fiona Whittaker, took part in the annual fundraising event, Race For Life Portsmouth. Race For Life has so far raised over £493 million for Cancer Research UK’s since it started in 1994, that’s more than any other UK event series to fund cancer research. This year will see over 230, 5 km or 10 km, women-only events across the UK. Read more about how the money raised supports research here: http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/our-progress/index.html
Fiona completed 2013’s 5 km course with her sister, Steph. She says, “We had plenty of family support there on the day, and there was a massive turn-out of general supporters and over 9,000 runners. Some CIA staff sponsored me and I have raised over £225 so far.”
“I ran it to ‘kick cancer’s butt!’, and in memory of close family members who unfortunately lost their fight to cancer, as well as this, my brother has fought it twice and is still here to tell the tale.”
This year’s July was reportedly the third hottest on record so it’ll come as no surprise that, on the day, the sun was shining and the temperature soared. Although the event takes place right on Southsea seafront, Fiona said it felt it was particularly still that day. “The temperature was over 30 degrees Celsius. When we started and there was little sea breeze, unusually, so it was hard going, but totally worth it! It took us 40 minutes to complete the course.“
Amongst the spectators were husband Colin Whittaker, who has worked for CIA for over 30 years and is currently a CCTV system designer, and son Ben who you may have read was born in the final days of last year (here).
“It’s the second time I have run it – the last time was over 10 years ago. It was totally worth it due to the charity involved and the support we had along the route.”
Well done Fiona!
Antony Christie BA (Hons) MSc