Sisters get pretty muddy in memory of their mum

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Two sisters are preparing to get covered in mud, racing to raise money in memory of their mother.

Jenna Barron, 32, and Keeley Mahwing, 35, are in training for the Pretty Muddy event to stay positive after their recent heartbreak.

The pair were inspired to join the Cancer Research event by the courage shown by their mother, Linda Barron, from Renhold, as she fought cancer.

Her daughter Jenna said: “Mum was inspirational to everyone who knew her. She was a true fighter. She did it for her family and friends. Nothing stopped her although the treatment was sometimes hard on her.

“Even when she had just finished chemotherapy treatment, she started talking about going on holiday because she loved travelling.

Keeley, who is married with two young children, added: “Mum refused to let it get her down. She thought of other people before herself and never complained”.

“She was an amazing lady”, added Jenna.

Linda was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. She underwent successful treatment and went into remission.

Sadly, the cancer returned in 2009, and she died last November aged 62.

Jenna also paid tribute to the “angels” at St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger where her mum spent her final days.

“They were angels who not only cared for our mum, but us as well”.

Pretty Muddy, taking place for the first time at Bedford later this year, is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with added mud.

Jenna and Keeley, who have also signed up for the 10k as well, hope other women will be inspired to sign up for a Race for Life challenge to raise money for cancer research.

This year’s Race for Life 5k and 10k events are at Russell Park, Bedford, on Sunday, June 14.

The new Pretty Muddy is at Priory Park, Bedford, on Saturday, June 13.

To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0300 123 0770.