Congratulations to Roughyeds Physio

Date published: Thursday, June 10, 2010

ROUGHYEDS physio Rachael Johnson ran the race of her life in Wigan last night to win a 5k Race for Life fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK.

The women-only event at Wigan’s Haigh Hall attracted more than 900 entries, but 25-year-old Rachael raced home in 24 minutes — half a minute ahead of her nearest rival.

She immediately dedicated her run to her best friend’s mum and to her uncle, both of whom died from cancer.

“It was a fantastic achievement and everyone at the club is bursting with pride for her,” said Roughyeds coach Tony Benson.

An accomplished gymnast whose speciality is the trampoline, Rachael is well known to Roughyeds fans because she is always first on the field when an Oldham player goes down injured.

She works full time in the physiotherapy department at Wythenshaw Hospital and she is in her third season with Roughyeds, having previously spent two years with Leigh Centurions.

“I finished fifth in the same race last year,” she said, “and my goal was to do better this time. I was in a group of five who quickly went out in front, but I led most of the way after that.”

She will also have to move quickly again on Sunday because in the morning she will be competing in a national trampoline competition in Liverpool and then she will have to dash to Whitebank Stadium where Championship One leaders Oldham will be taking on Doncaster in the afternoon.

“I might be cutting it fine,” she said, “but I’ll be there in time, no fears about that. I’m really happy at Oldham. I spent a few months with Salford City Reds before going to Leigh Centurions, but the Roughyeds job is the best. It’s great.”

Blackburn-born Rachael has also represented the North-West in national competitions in Cardiff and Perth.