Molly, 90, to tackle Race for Life

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Preparing to compete in Race for life is 90-year-old Molly Sugden (centre) with support from Pamela Barber (left) and Susan Sugden (right). Preparing to compete in Race for life is 90-year-old Molly Sugden (centre) with support from Pamela Barber (left) and Susan Sugden (right).

AN "INSPIRATIONAL" 90-year-old fitness fanatic will tackle the 5k Race for Life in Bradford tomorrow with three more generations of her family.

It will be the seventh time Molly Sugden has taken part in the event in memory of her eldest son, Malcolm, who died seven years ago.

Three years ago the Cancer Research fundraiser became even more significant for Mrs Sugden when her 57-year-old son, Martin, also died from the disease.

Mrs Sugden, of Wibsey, will be joined by her daughters, Susan Smith and Pamela Barber; granddaughter Lynsey Hall, eight-month-old great grandson Grayson Hall and Malcom's widow, Carole.

Even Boo, Mrs Hall's pet dog, will join in.

"I don't think there'll be many 90-year-olds doing it," said Mrs Smith, 56.

"She's absolutely inspirational. She has all her medals hung behind the bedroom door.

"We started when her first son died and we'll do it until her dying day. It's a significant day for her."

In April, Mrs Sugden, who goes to three fitness classes a week, received a B-active award from Bradford Council in recognition of her active lifestyle. She's rarely at home and on Thursday's serves tea and biscuits at her local Salvation Army branch.

Mrs Sugden worked as a book-keeper with her sons in the family business, JCS Pressings.

"She was lucky to work by her sons every day and although they are gone, she always says she was fortunate to have that," Mrs Smith, also a book-keeper, said.

Mrs Sugden, a mother-of five, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of four, returned to her home city of Bradford 21-years-ago when her husband died. The couple had lived in Portugal after retiring 25 years ago.

Race for Life will be held at Lister Park at 10.30am and hundreds of women are expected to take part.

"It's a lovely day. It's quite emotional, but it's a nice day and it's something my mum needs. She has to do it," Mrs Smith said.

"She's the rock of the family."

Mrs Sugden, who turned 90 in April, said the day was hugely important to her.

"My daughters have promised if they have to push me in a wheelchair, I'll keep doing it. The young ones walk fast and run, but we lag behind and the girls stay with me," she said.

"It's a wonderful atmosphere."

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