Zumba fever at the Race for Life

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A 40-STRONG team of fitness fans will “Zumba” their way round this year’s Race for Life course in aid of Cancer Research.

The group of ladies is being led by instructor Debs Horsham-Batley, who has been teaching Zumba, a dance-based exercise class, since last year.

The 53-year-old wanted to support the event as she lost her mum to cancer in 2005 and was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in 2006.

She will have a five-year check just days before Race for Life, on May 8 in North Bay, and says she is praying that it will be clear.

Mrs Horsham-Batley, who lives in Deepdale Avenue, said: “I did Race for Life when I had just finished my chemo and radiotherapy. It was really hard but my daughter, Georgina, kept me going.

“I’ve done it about six times now and I’m really looking forward to it. We’re going to have music on and be dressed up and anyone can join us!”

The team all takes part in Mrs Horsham-Batley’s Zumba classes at Scalby Parish Hall and Scarborough College.

The group will stay at the back of the runners and walkers to make sure they don’t hinder anyone’s progress on the day.

Mrs Horsham-Batley said: “Race for Life is a phenomenal day to be a part of. It’s also an emotional day when you see people with messages written on their backs about who they’re running for.

“You can really feel a lot of love in the air and it’s a very supportive environment. You’re having fun and at the same time doing something positive to help people affected by cancer.”

The Race for Life starts at 9am at the Sea Life Centre. Participants will run, walk or Zumba past the Open Air Theatre, along Marine Drive to Hairy Bob’s Cave, back along the drive and the promenade past the chalets, finishing at the Sea Life Centre - a distance of 5K or three miles.

Claire Wase, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said that nearly 1,500 people had signed up - and there is still time to enter.

She said: “We’re really pleased with the uptake - it looks like people have really supported our move from Oliver’s Mount to the seafront.

“We actually have twice the number of entries we had at this time last year.”

She added: “I think the Zumba ladies are absolutely brilliant. It’s a different way to take part in the Race for Life - we normally say you can run or walk, but now you can Zumba as well!

“All we need now is plenty of sunshine on the day.”

Women can enter Race for Life by going to www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111. Sponsor Deb’s Zumba team by going to www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/scarborough-zumbettes