Last year’s Worcester City Run was a hugely emotional day for Di Fox and her husband of 23 years Dave who was running in her place following her breast cancer diagnosis. Di, 49, had set her 10k PB of 45:45 in the year previously and had to watch from the sidelines as Dave and a team from Dave’s workplace Open GI ran to raise funds for Worcester Breast Care Unit and in support of Dave who was previously a complete non-runner.
Sporty Di has been a runner for around 20 years and works as a Personal Trainer, Pilates instructor and Badminton coach. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014 and said:
“The diagnosis came as a huge shock as I was feeling really well and was well into my training for the 10k. I’d had a PB the previous year and was looking to shave a further few seconds off my time. At my first meeting with the oncologist one of the first questions I asked was whether I’d still be able to run the 10k. He said no, due to the risk of infection so Dave (a non-runner) picked up the baton and agreed to run in my place.
I felt very emotional last year to see the Open GI runners in their pink T-shirts coming through. It was tough, knowing I should have been running, but brilliant to know that they were raising money for such a good cause and that they were running to support Dave in his running efforts, and hence me and others in a similar situation to me”
By November, Di was already showing a good response to treatment and following minor surgery and radiotherapy is now feeling good again. She is already back to running over 5k and has entered the Worcester City Run alongside Dave. Di told us, “Dave has also entered again so we’re hoping to do it together- he’ll have to start training soon though or he won’t be able to keep up!” Di is using her experience to help others and is now training as a Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation specialist. Di tells us:
“The treatment wasn’t easy but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been and I’m sure it’s partly because I kept working and kept doing my sports – albeit at a lower intensity than normal.”
Di will be running for the Breast Care Unit again- which has since named a room after the Open Gi team who ran last year and raised over £6000 for the charity. Di comments:
“It’s a fantastic facility that will make a big difference to people going through breast cancer, and they still have more they want to do”
For more details on the fantastic work done by the Worcester Breast Care Unit click here
Good luck Di, we will see you in September!
The Open GI team with Di and Dave last year
Dave and Di at the 2014 Worcester City Run