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

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

  1. Donna

    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!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      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

  2. Jo Tracey

    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

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      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.

  3. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    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 …

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      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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