Sunderland women’s rugby team taken on Race for Life Pretty Muddy event

Members of the Sunderland Flames Women's Rugby team have entered Cancer Research Uk's Race for Life, Pretty Muddy.
Members of the Sunderland Flames Women's Rugby team have entered Cancer Research Uk's Race for Life, Pretty Muddy.
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TOUGH girls are set to get messy for a good cause.

And they are calling on Wearside women to join them and help raise thousands of pounds towards helping beat cancer.

Sunderland Flames Rugby Club will be getting dirty at Herrington Country Park on Sunday, September 8, after the city was chosen to host the first ever Race for Life Pretty Muddy event, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The women-only, non-competitive five kilometre obstacle course is open to all ages.

Flames captain Amanda Hilton, 24, is taking part in the event in memory of her mum Sylvia, who died from pancreatic cancer aged just 43.

The rugby players are set to take to the field for their very first season as a team the week after Pretty Muddy.

Amanda, of Doxford Park, said: “My mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when I was nine, she was 39. 
“She sadly passed away aged 43, when I was 13.

“I wanted to help raise money for Cancer Research UK on a personal level first and foremost.

“But when I was handed the flyer for the Pretty Muddy event at the end of our race, I knew the rugby girls would love to help to considering we have all been affected by cancer in some way.

“I signed up as the Sunderland Flames and let the girls know about it.

“They were all really up for it and we really wanted to show people that anyone can make a difference.

“Not only that but this event is the week before we start our very first season so know it will be a great team bonding experience and also get our name out there so that the people of Sunderland actually know we now have a women’s rugby team.”

Jayne Glasgow, Cancer Research UK’s North East Events Manager, said: “Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of Race for Life but with added obstacles and, of course, mud.

“Just like Race for Life, it’s not about being fit or fast.

“Women can do the event at their own pace and climb, jump, walk and laugh their way around the course.

“It’s about women of all shapes and sizes tackling obstacles together, united in their absolute determination to beat cancer.”

Amanda added: “We also want to dispel the idea that you have to be big and tough to play rugby, we have some very small delicate ladies on the team.

“We knew this would be the perfect event to get muddy, have a laugh and still be girly.

“It doesn’t matter your size, background or fitness levels we do not discriminate against anyone who wants to play.

“I think the key message is that cancer affects everyone, people show true strength in dealing with it and we play a sport that demonstrates how strong women of all shapes and sizes can be.”

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