Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Brain op mother made No 1 at half marathon

A MOTHER who beat a brain tumour was given the number “1” when she took part in the Reading half

A MOTHER who beat a brain tumour was given the number “1” when she took part in the Reading half marathon on Sunday.

Vicky Price, 31, of South Avenue, Henley, was chosen for the honour after she told organisers about why she was running.

The teacher at Trinity Pre-School was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in June 2011 and had an operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford soon afterwards before returning to work in September that year.

Since then, the mother-of-four has been raising money for the Brain Tumour charity with her running partner Jo Lock. She raised £900 in sponsorship for Sunday’s race, including £250 from Invesco Perpetual.

Miss Price ran the route in an hour and 48 minutes wearing a tutu and said spectators called her out number as she went by.

“The weather was awful and on two separate occasions I could hardly see for the massive downpours,” she said. “I still enjoyed the run — all the support around the streets keeps you uplifted and determined to carry on.”

Miss Price also took part last year and plans to take part in the Henley half marathon in the autumn.

She said: “I am currently in good health and am having six-monthly MRI scans, which so far have come back with a positive diagnosis of no further growth but it is always a worrying time.

“I am doing lots of work with the charity, trying to reach out to people and show the importance of our fund-raising, appearing in their monthly magazine, on the website and in their appeal video for a big gala dinner they had recently.

“Jo and myself have been working hard to raise money and I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to her for being such a great supportive friend who always keeps me motivated and is always there for me.”

Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy completed the course in two hours, four minutes and 38 seconds and raised about £800 for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

He said: “It was very wet at times and my glasses would steam up so I couldn’t see where I was going. The crowds spur you on — they were fantastic.”

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