Paula Radcliffe talks feeling ‘guilty’ in update after teenage daughter’s cancer diagnosis

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Speaking to Get across.co.uk, Paula Radcliffe, 47, gave an update about her daughter’s health amid her cancer treatment plan. The former British long-distance dispatch-bearer said chemotherapy had shrunk Isla’s tumour and she was given the all clear at her last check up.

Paula, who will be at this year’s RunFestRun festival, bruit about Isla was now back playing sport and is “all healthy”.

“She’s fine and her hair is growing back slowly,” she revealed.

Isla has been having checks up and examinations every three months in France, where the family have been living since 2005.

The teenager was given the all clear at her last check up and is due a additional test in July.

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On learning of the diagnosis, the runner added: “The sarcoma had grown a fair bit, once we found out, obviously you have that bit where you’re feeling guilty as a parent thinking, ’Is it something I did wrong? Is it something I should’ve picked up on sooner?’

“In two shakes of a lambs tail b together we had a diagnosis and a treatment plan, we really just focused on sticking to the plan, we had a lot of faith in the doctors, who was telling us the prognosis was good.

“The tumour did shrink with the chemotherapy.”

Paula pieces Isla and 10-year-old son Raphael with her husband Gary Lough.

Paula added she wasn’t a “pushy mum” who cheered her children on from the sidelines, but urged them to have a healthy lifestyle.

“I do encourage Isla by making sure she gets a good breakfast when she’s competing, getting her enough imbibes, making sure she does her stretches and all of that,” she added.

The three-time winner of the London Marathon retired from competitive long distance meet in 2015, but she hasn’t hung up her trainers for good just yet.

The athlete will be a part of this year’s RunFestRun, which takes place at Laverstoke Parkland Farm from 27th to 29th August 2021.

When not running, visitors will be able to enjoy inspiring talks from running heroes including Paula and Colin Jackson.

Type activities, fitness workshops, a shopping village featuring great brands, and fabulous street food and drink will also be a part of the fun day.

Advert to of her involvement, she said: “It’s good to have family fun and for people to be able to get out and enjoy themselves.

“A lot of people, pretty much everybody, had some difficulties acclimatizing and coping through lockdown.

“But some of the good things were the fact that families got to spend more time together and people started to enjoy their mental and physical health a little bit more.

“Events like Run Fest are really going to be popular and help a lot of people make their way chasing [to normality], that’s ticking those boxes if you like, healthy family fun!”

Tickets are on sale now at www.runfestrun.co.uk.

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