Fast-walking Fiona is racking up Pink Ribbon miles for Breast Cancer Care

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FIONA Molnar came fourth in last year’s Pink Ribbonwalk in a time of four hours and 40 minutes.

Now the mum-of-two from Bodicote near Banbury is wondering if she can top that.

Mrs Molnar, 54, will be among hundreds of people taking part in the Ribbonwalk at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, on Saturday, May 11.

Walkers tackle a 10 or 20-mile route through the picturesque grounds, raising sponsorship for Breast Cancer Care’s support of patients as they go.

Mrs Molnar said: “When I came in fourth last year and then found out the time I had taken I was pretty amazed and pleased too.

“I’ve signed up for this year’s event, which will be my fifth Ribbonwalk, but I don’t know if I’ll better last year’s efforts.”

Mrs Molnar was 29 and living in Australia when she found a lump in her breast.

She underwent surgery and the lump was found to be benign, but since then she has lost five loved ones to breast cancer.

She explained: “A close friend died of breast cancer, along with four other friends and relations, while two others have survived it.

“Taking part in my first Ribbonwalk in 2009 was a rather strange experience. I went alone, did the 20-mile walk and walked as fast as I could. When it came around to signing up the following year it just felt natural and has ever since.

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“I still walk it alone and just go for it! I suppose I must have raised around £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care by now.”

Now approaching her 100th Pink Ribbonwalk mile, Mrs Molnar encouraged others to sign up.

She said: “It’s very inspiring and uplifting and you feel a real sense of achievement – of really helping a worthwhile cause.”

The Pink Ribbonwalk raises funds for the charity Breast Cancer Care, which provides free information, support and services to anyone affected by the disease.

Walkers choose either a 10 or 20-mile course around Blenheim and its surrounding villages and registration costs £30. Participants are required to raise a minimum of £175 sponsorship.

The event is followed by a village fete-style celebration including a medal, free barbeque, massage and entertainment.

Register at: pinkribbonwalk.org.uk or call 0870 145 0101.

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