Fit & Fabulous 2017

Fit & Fabulous: Mother’s Day Classic 2017 – The fight against Breast Cancer

May 17, 2017

Mother's Day Classic 2017

The Mother’s Day Classic walk or run for breast cancer research was established in 1998 and the total funds raised for research by the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 1998 is $30.4 million .  What started as a small walk in the park is now a national event.  You can walk or run 5km or 8km courses. It was founded by Mavis Robertson together with Louise Davidson who had previously lost her Mum to breast cancer at the age of 52.

I would love you to read more about this event here

If you read the blog you will know that on Mother’s Day my beautiful daughter, Rachel and I have a special tradition to start our day – running in the Mother’s Day Classic.  It is a lovely way to share Mother’s Day (Rachel is a Mum to 3 year old, Ethan) and also remember my Mum (her Nan), who passed away from breast cancer 30 years ago.

Mother’s Day Classic 2017

I woke at 4am to drizzling rain and my heart sank!  Would we be able to carry on our annual tradition or would it be rained out?  I thought about texting Rachel and opting out but something held me back and I’m so glad I did.

We set off armed with umbrellas and towels but the rain had eased and after a brief shower it stopped while we did the 8km run.

I so love fun runs because there is always a fun atmosphere and it was great to see so many men and children participating this year, although I think numbers were down because of the weather.

After a minute’s silence to remember those who we had lost to breast cancer, the starting horn sounded and we were off!

We finished the run in good time and as we crossed the finish line together, Rachel hugged me and wished me a Happy Mother’s Day.  What a beautiful way to start my Mother’s Day and I know Mum was looking down and sharing the moment with us.

I put my tribute card to my Mum on the tribute wall together with 100s of others and took a moment to reflect on this special woman who gave me life.  So sad and emotional to see the messages on the other tributes but lovely that we were all remembering our loved one.

Cancer of any kind is hideous and I’m sure we have all been touched in some way.  The aim of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to have Zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.  What a wonderful goal.

Have you or anyone you know been affected by breast cancer?  I’d love to hear your story.






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  • Reply Donna May 17, 2017 at 05:06

    What a brilliant way to spend Mother’s Day. Zero deaths by Breast Cancer in 2030 is an inspiring goal. Thanks for sharing this, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 17, 2017 at 13:11

      It is an inspiring goal Donna and we wouldn’t miss the run together it is such a special event to share with my daughter. x

  • Reply Toni Pike May 17, 2017 at 06:51

    Wonderful, Sue – congratulations to both you and Rachel, and what a special way to spend the day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 17, 2017 at 13:11

      It is special Toni and for a good cause too!

  • Reply Debbie Harris May 17, 2017 at 10:40

    Great to read your post Sue and well done!

  • Reply Shirley Corder May 17, 2017 at 18:03

    This is such a brilliant way to share Mother’s Day with your daughter, Sue. I wish my daughter lived nearer so we could at least be together. (She’s in Monte Negro, and I’m at the very bottom of South Africa! ‘Nuff said.) Oh and by the way, I celebrate my 20th Canniversary as a survivor in November this year! Wednesday Wind-back: Awareness Alert when Building a Better Blog

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2017 at 07:14

      Congratulations on your Canniversary Shirley. So wonderful for you. Yes I’m fortunate to have my daughter living only 15 minutes away. Take care and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill May 17, 2017 at 21:56

    Such a blessing for you to do a mother/daughter event each year that has such a positive flow on effect Sue. Glad you had a lovely Mothers Day and got to spend it doing something you love x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2017 at 07:13

      Thanks Leanne! It is really special and I hope to do it for many years to come.

  • Reply Jo Tracey May 20, 2017 at 09:59

    What a beautiful way to start mother’s day. I’ve never done this one & had therefore never heard of the tribute wall – which is quite simply, touching. I love that you have a tradition – it’s made me realise that I should do something similar with my daughter – or my mother. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2017 at 16:09

      It is lovely and special to have a tradition, Jo. I cried at the tribute wall as so many younger women have lost their lives to this terrible disease.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit May 20, 2017 at 16:01

    What a great mothers day tribute for your mum. The one and only fun run I ever did was the Mothers Day Classic. It was when I turned 40 and a fun run was on my bucket list . I’m not a runner so doing the 5km without stopping and trying to do it in 30 minutes was a HUGE event for me. It may as well have been a marathon. I managed to do it in 32 minutes but almost threw up multiple times. I’m just not a runner I’m afraid. I guess I could walk it though …

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2017 at 16:08

      It is such a special day for me and my daughter, Leanne. you did so well in your run. There are many walkers in the event so maybe you could join them next year.

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