Emma Lane has already taken part in the Great North Run an incredible seven times, but this year’s race holds a particularly special significance.

Friday 2 September 2016      Challenge events blog
Emma Lane

Emma Lane

Back in 2006 I found a lump in my right breast and was diagnosed at 28 with triple negative breast cancer. The diagnosis was followed by a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I thought that was the end of it. But at the beginning of last year I discovered that I am BRCA1+ and have since had a mastectomy followed by reconstruction and there’s still more surgery to come. But until then it’s back to training, by the time I run the Great North Run this year, for the seventh time, I will have just passed 10 years in remission.

Ready to take on a new challenge

While I was having treatment several friends kept asking what I was going to do when it was all finished: climb Mount Everest, swim the channel and all sorts of other bizarre and extreme things.

I remember when I was young, sitting and watching the masses crossing the Tyne Bridge on a Sunday morning in all elements making their way to South Shields to complete the Great North Run. And every year I thought, ‘one day’, knowing full well it was never going to happen as the furthest I’d ever run was to the bus stop, and even then only when absolutely necessary.

But it turns out things change, and after nine months of running circuits around Whick