Baljit overcomes back surgery to complete Race for Life

Sanpreet and Baljit (left) Randhawa, from Barnoldswick, ahead of the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Preston. (S)
Sanpreet and Baljit (left) Randhawa, from Barnoldswick, ahead of the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Preston. (S)
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A Pendle student has completed the Race for Life 18 months after a life-changing operation.

Baljit Randhawa (18), from Barnoldswick, took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Avenham Park in Preston on Sunday in her first running event since she underwent major spinal surgery in December, 2014.

Baljit, who has just finished her studies at Craven College, was in surgery for a 10-hour operation to put two metal rods in her back to cure her scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, and she has been on the long road to recovery since.

She wanted to take part in a charity run prior to her spinal issues, but her condition forced her to stall that ambition.

Baljit was joined by her sister Sanpreet (22), and the pair, dressed in pink, completed the 5km course in 45mins and 50mins respectively.

Baljit said: “It felt really good. I don’t really know anybody who has breast cancer but I still wanted to do my bit to fund-raise.

“I first started off wanting to raise £200 but altogether we got £564.30 which is amazing.

“After the operation, I spent a full week in hospital and was off college for four weeks.

“I then had to gradually ease myself back into college doing a few lessons because I couldn’t do full weeks.

“It was great to take part in Race for Life which is what matters most.”

Looking ahead, Baljit, who is hoping to go to Leeds Beckett University in September to study history, said: “This has got me into doing more and I would like to take part in a Tough Mudder.”