A Sheffield grandma is pulling on her running shoes to thank the charity which helped her through her cancer recovery.
Dot Kesterton, from High Storrs, discovered a love of running in 2008 – but in January 2014 her beloved hobby had to be put on hold after a shock breast cancer diagnosis.
After surgery and radiotherapy, the 63-year-old turned to Sheffield-based Cavendish Cancer Care, a charity which offers cancer patients complementary therapies to support recovery.
Dot said: “I’m a runner, that’s what I am. I just thought to myself that I’d take whatever complementary therapies will support me personally and my running.
“When I was looking through the therapies available at Cavendish, I was immediately drawn to shiatsu massage – it would support me perfectly.
“It sounds funny to say it, but to support my running meant that I could carry on being Dot, the runner.”
Dot first got into running in 2008 when a friend persuaded her to run a 10km race.
Her first training jog took place in Ecclesall Woods – the location of the Cavendish fun run in which she is to take part later this month.
She went on to complete the Sheffield Half Marathon and London Marathon before her diagnosis forced her to temporarily stop running.
Thankfully, her cancer treatment was successful and she is now back to running every day.
The ‘Sheffield Together’ fun run takes in either a 5km or 10km course through Ecclesall Woods from 11.30am on November 15.
n Runners, joggers and walkers can enter at www.sheffieldtogether.co.uk