Competitor Stories – Lesley Barry

“I started running in May 2016 as a complete novice through a C25k course with run4life.  I was amazed at how quickly my fitness improved and on the final week we all ‘graduated’ at the local parkrun.  I fell in love with running, I was a regular at parkrun and entered my first 10k at the end of the year.  Running massively improved both my physical and mental health, I’d never felt so well and was  completely shocked when I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in May 2017.  I was determined to keep running as much as possible throughout my treatment  and my running family were amazingly supportive, no matter how slow I was. I remained a regular at parkrun, running, walking or volunteering when I could.  I decided to celebrate beating cancer by running ten 10k races in 2018.  My first was Frenchay 10k which I ran with my friend Kacie – it was very hilly but I was thrilled to complete it.  My final one was at Westonbirt House on Sunday and I was thrilled to end my challenge with mulled wine and a mince pie in such a beautiful location”.