A GROUP of determined women will be getting together to run the Derby Race for Life this weekend in memory of their friend who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.
Gail Pykitt passed away, aged 63, on April 4 after two bouts of the illness.
And now her friend of many years, Sue Genders, from Horninglow, has gathered a group of her nearest and dearest friends to run in her memory.
The Derby Race for Life takes place this Sunday, July 11 at Darley Park.
Gail, who lived in Stretton, had ran the race many times with her granddaughter Megan, who will also be running the race with her mother.
Mrs Genders decided as Gail can no longer take part in the race, she and 12 friends will run in her place.
She said: “Gail was such a kind person, always smiling.
“After we lost her this year I thought it would be nice to get together and do the Race for Life. We’ve even discussed making it an annual event, but we’ll see how it goes this time first.”
This is Mrs Genders’ first Race for Life event and she is so determined to complete the race for Gail that she has put off going to the doctors about a knee injury.
She said: “I haven’t done any training because of an injury to my knee. I don’t want to go to the doctors just yet in case they tell me I can’t do the race.
“I’ll probably still be doing it on Monday! But we’re in the walking group at the back anyway.”
Gail will be remembered by many readers for working with the mobile library service.
And her friendly service is being rewarded as an old colleague from the mobile library will be driving the 13 ladies, whose ages range from 30 to over 60, to Darley Park.
The group have called themselves ‘Gail’s Girls’ and have been raising money through sponsorship and a JustGiving page.
So far they have around £350 for Cancer Research and are welcoming more donations.
If you’d like to sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/gails-girls3.