Four running friends who met at gym classes in south Edinburgh are running the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) Hairy Haggis Team Relay on Sunday 27 May to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s work in Scotland in memory of their friend, Susan Mckenzie.

Raising awareness of bowel cancer is important to the team. Karen Lothian, Michelle Muggridge, Jenny Phillips and Catherine Rutter are running the relay as their friend and training partner, Susan Mckenzie died from bowel cancer in February 2018 at just 50 years old. Catherine’s grandfather also had the disease. They are now determined to both raise awareness of the disease and raise money towards research and essential information and support services that will save lives from bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland, with 1,500 people in Scotland dying each year of the disease and nearly 4,000 people being diagnosed. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. This is why early diagnosis is so vital.

The team members said: “We are running the Edinburgh Marathon Relay for Bowel Cancer UK. We all met through exercise and our fabulous friend and inspirational training partner Susan was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2015.

“Although there is currently no cure for stage four, it is treatable. Susan received wonderful care since her diagnosis at Edinburgh Cancer Centre and continued with her all fitness training throughout gruelling chemotherapy as well as working full time as a paediatric nurse.

“She has inspired us all to run for this charity who focus on providing funding for research and in raising awareness of the disease, particularly in the younger age group affected who are sadly often diagnosed too late. If bowel cancer is detected early, it is treatable and can be curable.”

Scotland Fundraising Manager for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, Emma McGeever, said:” We are very proud to have Karen, Catherine, Michelle and Jenny running the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay for us, it’s an amazing challenge. For us, at Bowel Cancer UK, it means we can continue with our vital work of saving lives, enabling research and improving the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.”

If you would like to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, please sign up on our website
bowelcanceruk.org.uk/edinburgh-marathon- festival/ to receive your fundraising pack.

Donations can be made to: justgiving.com/fundraising/insideoutteamsusan