A-level student Ashleigh was diagnosed with a Ganglioneuroblastoma tumour when she was seven years old but after fighting back hard from the disease she was able to celebrate by joining record-breaking round-the-world sailor Ellen MacArthur for the race’s 76th running on Saturday 1 June 2013.
Ashleigh was one of 25 youngsters from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust who competed alongside 16,000 sailors on 1459 boats around the 53-mile Isle of Wight course.
Ellen MacArthur praised Ashleigh for her bravery and sprit, she said: “Ashleigh is an amazing young person, along with the others she is the epitome of courage.”
In between revising and sitting her AS exams, Ashleigh’s recent achievement during the one day yacht spectacular has been incredible. Sailing almost 70 miles is by no means a walk in the park. Sheer determination and commitment is required to complete the course, which Ashleigh displayed in abundance.
17 year old Ashleigh Hall from South Ockendon, said: “Sailing is so different to anything else I’ve ever done. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust helped me to meet new people and build my confidence.”
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK and the largest yacht race of its kind in the world, attracting anything between 1500-1800 yachts and 16000 competitors www.roundtheisland.org.uk