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Local nurse runs in memory of friend


Budding runner Mandi McQuillan from Barrow-in-Furness has pulled on her running shoes to train for the Bupa Great North Run in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.

Last year 300 campaign runners raised £160,000 for breast cancer research.

The registered general nurse at Croft Care Trust will join 54,000 runners on the starting line for the 13.1 mile race in Newcastle on Sunday 19 September in memory of nurse Susan Scott who died from breast cancer.

Mandi said:

“Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and was initially responding well to treatment. But then it came back in December 2009 and she sadly died a few weeks ago. Susan was my biggest inspiration to train for the Great North Run - if she could go through chemo, then I could run a half marathon so I’ll be doing it as a tribute to her.”

If you are interested in the run, please call the events team on 020 7749 3700 or email


Readers' comments (2)

  • Great spirit. Go for it Mandi, we're all behind you. Susan will be with you all the way.
    Nurse from North West Lancashire.

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  • Wonderful inspiration, good luck; I am sure you will do well!! I shall be running the Great North this year and will look out for you; I ran my first half marathon last year and went on to run the New York Marathon in aid of the RNLI after a friend was saved by them. It helps to have a reason to complete the distance but it is also an excellent feeling crossing that finishing line and completing a personal challenge!

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