A WOMAN who survived two brain operations completed two races for charity on Sunday, writes Connor McLoughlin.
Vicky Price, 34, of South Avenue, Henley, ran the 3km Green Park Challenge and then completed the 13.1-mile Reading Half Marathon in one hour 48 minutes.
It came just eight months after she had an operation to remove a malignant tumour on the right side of her brain, her second such surgery in less than five years.
Miss Price, a teacher at Trinity Pre-School, ran the 3km challenge with her sons Adam, 12, Ben, eight, and Leo, six.
They were supported by her eldest son Hayden, 14, and her parents.
The family were raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity.
Miss Price said: “The boys wanted to wear their shirts with pride — they kept going and did really well. Adam ran ahead and beat us all.
“I didn’t find the half marathon too hard and it was one of my best times, which I was really proud of considering everything that has happened.
“I was a bit emotional at times because I was thinking about what I was doing eight months ago. The finish was amazing with people cheering. My family said they were proud of me.”
Miss Price, who also ran the Reading Half Marathon in 2012 and 2013 after her first surgery, had a pleasant surprise while at Tesco in Henley.
She said: “A member of staff gave me a big bunch of flowers on behalf of all the staff.
“They said they had seen the work I was doing and said the flowers were on behalf of the staff, which was really, really kind of them.”
Later this month Miss Price will take part in the Tough Mudder endurance event at the Culden Faw estate in Hambleden with a group of friends.
She said: “I’ve been approached by Tough Mudder to do something with them after they read the article in last week’s Henley Standard. They wanted to do something with me to help raise awareness.”
Miss Price had been due to take part last year but had to reschedule because of her surgery.
To make a donation, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/vickyprice1