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Hundreds celebrate glorious Bank Holiday with Cardiff Bay fun run

Hundreds of runners have celebrated a sunny Bank Holiday Monday with a charity run in Cardiff Bay.

The sun shone for the hundreds of runners, young and old, in the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s run, which has become an annual event on the first bank holiday in May.

There were two races on the day, with the family 2k fun run first and the five-mile run for the more serious runners half an hour later.

Children as young as three and babies in push chairs took part in the fun event with their parents, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

Most people don’t understand what cystic fibrosis is, or what it does, until someone close to them is affected by it.

They soon discover it’s a life-shortening genetic condition – only half live to celebrate their 40th birthday. It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.

Johanna Mullins, from Fairwater, Cardiff, was diagnosed with the condtiion as a baby. She has to take more than 30 tablets a day as well as doing lots of exercise such as running, swimming and Zumba to keep her lungs clear, and breathing in special drugs through a nebuliser.

 


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The 20-year-old took part in yesterday’s race with her mum Lorna, brother Nathan and boyfriend Joshua Walters.

“I like to exercise and keep well as it keeps my lungs healthy and keeps me out of hospital, and I want to do my bit to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis too,” she says.

“Lots of people with cystic fibrosis are in hospital a lot and wouldn’t be able to run so I wanted to do this for them.”

Carolyn Holt, the regional fundraising manager for Wales, said: “We were delighted to see so many people come out to support the race.

“Cardiff Bay is such a fabulous back drop for the runners and the fact we had such great weather was a real bonus. It was more like a monsoon last year, so I think we deserved some better weather. It is a wonderful event and raises vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”

For more information, visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk

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