Welwyn Hatfield Council colleagues take on Race for Life for friends and family

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 22 May 2018

Chloe Robertson and her Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council colleagues. Picture: WHBC.

Chloe Robertson and her Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council colleagues. Picture: WHBC.

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A mum-of-two who is being joined by an army of Welwyn Hatfield Council colleagues to take part in Race for Life after overcoming breast cancer.

Chloe Robertson and her sons. Picture: Supplied.Chloe Robertson and her sons. Picture: Supplied.

Chloe Robertson, 45, was given the shocking news that she had cancer in May last year after noticing her breast had changed shape.

After undergoing treatment she is determined to take part in Welwyn Hatfield’s Race for Life on Sunday, June 3.

The 22-strong team of women from Welwyn Hatfield Council will be taking part in the 5K event at Stanborough Park, along with Chloe who is a Youth Partnerships Officer.

The team are also running for other friends and family members who have been affected by the disease.

Chloe’s diagnosis came 10 years after her mum Linda was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

She is now celebrating being ten years of being clear of the disease.

In 2008, while Linda underwent chemotherapy, Chloe took part in her first Cancer Research UK Race for Life event and has completed many more since.

But next month’s event will be more poignant for Chloe as she takes part alongside the colleagues who she says got her through the toughest time in her life.

Chloe described being told she had cancer as a “bombshell” as she was just 44 years old with two teenage sons, and was very healthy and active.

Chloe took time off work during the early stages of her treatment as she underwent a lumpectomy and radiotherapy but within six months she was back at her desk, and is now undergoing hormone therapy.

She said: “It might sound cheesy but I feel that coming back to work saved me and the team I work with got me through the past 12 months.

“I work with a large number of women and just coming in to work each day really helped.

“Some days I was tired, fatigued or maybe a bit down or anxious but they were all amazing and such a strong support for me.

“To have them with me on the start line at Race for Life means so much.”

Chloe is now encouraging women of all ages and abilities to unite to help beat the disease by joining her for the Race for Life 5K or signing up to Pretty Muddy on Saturday June 2, which raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

The deadline to enter Pretty Muddy is midnight on Thursday, May 31, and midnight on Friday, June 1, for Race for Life.

•To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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