AN Invergordon mother who has fought cancer led the charge at the recent Race for Life as the VIP starter for the Inverness event.
Nicola Ewing (44), a member of the Jogscotland Alness running club, was joined by daughter Grace (14) to start the event which raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
It was a poignant moment for the mother and daughter. Nicola said: "Race for Life was only two days after my first chemotherapy treatment in 2016 and I was actually in hospital on event day. My daughter Grace took part for me and brought the Race for Life medal to the hospital afterwards. I was so proud of her. She had such a great time that day and it kept her mind off what was happening to me then too as Grace was only 12 at the time.
"Race for Life gave our family a focus that spring.
"My husband is a nurse at Raigmore hospital and proved to be my rock through treatment. I don’t feel I could have done it without him and my family. I feel stronger every day. On some days I forget altogether about cancer which is good. I feel lucky.
"I look back on it all now and sometimes think, ‘gosh did that all really happen?’
"I’d like to reach out to anyone being treated for cancer right now. Keep going strong and take any help you can get from friends and family."
More than 1000 people lined up for the 5K and 10K courses at Bught Park.
Nicola crossed the finish line of the 10K cheered by her husband Darren (48) and son Daniel (16), while Grace completed the 5K.
Nicola, who is now cancer free, raised more than £5000 for Cancer Research UK. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2016. Nicola, who works with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, endured surgery, chemotherapy and 32 sessions of radiotherapy.
She was also treated with the breast cancer drug Herceptin which she completed in July 2017.