Friends organise a 10k race in memory of popular Liz, 54

10k running race and fun run organised in memory of Liz Smithies who died last year'Pictured are Avril Smith, Julie Neimantas and Jackie Lesiak
10k running race and fun run organised in memory of Liz Smithies who died last year'Pictured are Avril Smith, Julie Neimantas and Jackie Lesiak
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A GROUP of women have organised a 10k charity run in memory of a friend who died last year.

Liz Smithies lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 54, leaving husband Robert and son Josh and brother Michael.

The popular woman was a member of Stainland Lions Running Club and now her friends have organised a 10k fun run to raise cash for Breast Cancer Care.

Avril Smith said: “Liz used to run with us. I thought it would be nice if we did a run in Liz’s memory and it’s just snowballed.

“It’s not been easy to organise but the club is helping us, with members marshalling for us on the day. It should be a good day. We’re also doing a short run for children.”

Liz had been in remission from breast cancer for three years before it returned. She was ill for only two weeks before she died.

“She had started running again with us. It was such a shock.”

The run sets off from Clay House in West Vale on October 2 and Liz’s son Josh, 17, will start the race on the day.

Avril said: “I think Liz would be quite chuffed really. She was a very outgoing person. I think she would be quite pleased that we’re doing something for charity in memory of her.”

Organisers hope about 200 people will sign up for the 10k race, which costs £6 to enter, and the fun run or walk costs £3.

To sign up visit www.stainlandlions.com.