Rossendale woman completes her 11th Great North Run in memory of her sister (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Rossendale woman completes her 11th Great North Run in memory of her sister
A ROSSENDALE woman has completed her 11th consecutive Great North Run in memory of her sister.
Hazel Mrozek lost her sister Janet Ingham, aged 54, in September 2003, after she contracted deep vain thrombosis as a result of being left wheelchair-bound by multiple sclerosis.
She has gone on to raise almost £20,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the last decade.
Last Sunday’s race in Newcastle and Gateshead was a special one for the family, with Hazel’s husband Bernard, 53, and daughter Sarah, 19, also taking part for the first time.
Mrs Mrozek, 45, from Lumb, said: “The Great North Run is the best half-marathon in the world. It is well-supported and organised and, despite the weather, the spectators were out in their thousands to support the runners.
“Almost 50,000 runners, most with amazing stories. So many inspirational people.
“It's obviously a race that is very close to my heart and one I would not miss for the world. I was just so pleased to have my family running with me. After suffering with a hamstring injury, which hindered my training, I wasn't expecting brilliant results, but for me it’s about crossing the line and raising the money.
“However, we all ran much faster than expected.”
Hazel, an actress and member of The Rossendale Players theatre group, crossed the line in one hour, 58 minutes and 17 seconds, just behind her husband who did it in one hour, 55 minutes and 43 seconds.
Sarah completed the race in two hours, five minutes and 13 seconds.
Mrs Mrozek’s brother, Arthur, 60, also suffers from multiple sclerosis and for the past three years she has fundraised specifically for the Burnley and Pendle MS Society, which he uses.
She added: “Our money keeps the minibus running, which takes the local people to weekly meetings and outings.
“Without this, some of them would not be able to get out of their homes, so the fundraising means a lot.”
Donations can still be made to Mrs Mrozek’s cause a the website at www.justgiving.com/Hazel-Mrozek1.
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