Competitor Stories – Julie Hyde


A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Julie Hyde who took part in The Chilly 10K with us last year.

“Our amazing little boy Freddie was born in May 2011 and as far as we were aware he was perfectly healthy. 6 weeks later a heart murmur was found and when he was 4 months old he was diagnosed with a life threatening congenital heart condition called “tetralogy of fallot”. Our lives fell apart at this point but thanks to the amazing doctors, surgeons and nurses at Bristol Children’s Hospital Freddie has now had 2 open heart surgeries and is leading a normal life. He is still monitored regularly and could need surgery later on in life but at the moment he is fit and well.

As a way of saying thank you my husband and I began to participate in different sporting challenges to raise money for the amazing Grand Appeal Charity. For myself it was running races and my husband multi sport challenges like duathlons and triathlons.

The castle Coombe “chilly” events mean that my husband and I can compete in different events on the same day in the same place. We love the closed, traffic free circuit and it also allows our little boy to either cheer us along at the side of the track or keep warm inside and still watch from the great viewing station. For me November was my 5th “chilly” and my husband’s 3rd. We continue to raise money and also show our now 5yr old son that exercise is a part of everyday life and how enjoyable these events are. We are determined to stay fit and healthy for him and we will both enjoy running across the finish line with Freddie as we do at every event.”