Rhona set to get on her bike

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Rhona Guild, Secretary and Vice-Chair of CRUK Relay for Life Kirriemuir, is taking on her biggest challenge to date, to further support the work of Cancer Research UK, through a boost to the fund-raising total of this year’s Kirriemuir event.

Following completion of the 24 hour Relay on Sunday, August 16, Rhona is getting on her bike and cycling around all of the CRUK Relay for Life sites in Scotland, in the hopes of raising not only money, but also awareness of Relay for Life.

During her 780-mile journey, she will cycle to Dundee, Arbroath, Peterhead, Thurso, Perth, Dalgety Bay, East Kilbride and Wigtown, covering an average of 100 miles per day on her bike.

Rhona said: “Sadly most of us know the impact cancer has on the person affected and their families. It is predicted that one in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.

“This ongoing increase, is largely down to the fact people live longer, and the risk of cancer increases with age. The good news is, that thanks to the research funded by organisations such as CRUK, survival rates are improving and continue to improve. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled over the last 40 years, with 50 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in the UK now surviving 10 years or more.

“Relay for Life is a great community event, where people come together in teams of between eight and 15, and take it in turns to walk around the track for the 24 hour duration of the event.

“There is an action-packed entertainment event and a few really poignant moments. For me the initial lap by the survivors, and the last lap of the event with all participants on the track are extremely emotional.”

Rhona also explained about a special ceremony involved in Relay for Life.

She added: “The Candle of Hope ceremony is a short ceremony run in late evening, where candles are lit and placed around the track in celebration of those surviving cancer, supporting those currently going through treatment and remembering those we have lost to cancer.

“The candles burn throughout the night and light the track for the walkers.”

If anyone wants to get involved in CRUK Relay for Life Kirriemuir, they can enter online at cruk.org/relay or by calling 03001231026. They can also contact Rhona directly with any questions at rhonaguild@gmail.com.

Regarding her upcoming bike ride, and the physical challenge it represents, Rhona continued: “I am really looking forward to getting on my bike, although I am sure it will test me physically and mentally.

“I think I am very lucky to have my health and be in a position to undertake the bike ride, and will be sure to remind myself of that when the going gets tough.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor Rhona can do so at www.justgiving.com/rhona-guild