My poodle will race in a tutu

Maggy Ashmore and her poodle Tria, who will both run the Halifax Race For Life

Maggy Ashmore and her poodle Tria, who will both run the Halifax Race For Life

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CANCER survivor Maggy Ashmore will be running Halifax’s first Race for Life – accompanied by her poodle in a tutu.

Miss Asmore, 56, of Turner Avenue North, Illingworth, Halifax, has beaten thyroid cancer twice and is currently in remission.

Her poodle Tria will be running Race for Life with her with her name on its back.

Miss Ashmore will be running with the name of her nephew, Michael Beeton, 16, on her back. He is in remission from leukaemia.

She said: “Michael lives in Ireland and has been very poorly. His younger brother donated bone marrow for a transplant and he’s now in remission.

“My poddle’s running for me – I’m going to put a label on my poodle’s back saying her mum is in remission.

“I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after I went to the doctors about a lump in my throat.

“They thought it was cysts first of all – five on one side and two on the other. They took out one side but when they tested it, it was cancer. So I had to have another operation to take the other side out.”

Miss Ashmore was given radiotherapy and was clear for the next six years – when it came back.

She had more radiotherapy and is now in remission, but on tablets for the rest of her life.

“I try not to worry about it coming back again, otherwise I’d worry all the time. I especially worry when I have my annual checks in January.”

She said as soon as she heard about the Halifax Race for Life, she wanted to sign up.

“It’s always been miles away, in Leeds or Manchester. So when I heard it was in Halifax I thought ‘Oh brilliant, I’d be glad to do it.’”

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