HUNDREDS of people donned bright wigs in support of a runner from Christchurch who has been told she has just months to live.

Glenys Waters, 70, was diagnosed with ovarian and primary peritoneal cancer in 2015.

The parkrun veteran found running in her 40s and Glenys has since clocked up more than 230 parkruns in recent years and is aiming to reach 250.

Glenys used running as a way of showing her cancer who was in charge and when her hair fell out during treatment, she would lace up her trainers, throw on a brightly coloured wig and run 5k every Saturday morning. She now has six wigs, which she coordinates with her running gear.

Earlier this month, more than 400 friends, family and members of the community ran alongside Glenys during her 232nd parkrun at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.

Runners taking part in the Peterborough and Rutland Water parkruns also wore wigs to celebrate Glenys’ life.

Glenys was originally hoping to raise £500 for Ovarian Cancer Action but has nearly tripled her target raising £1,400 for the charity.

She said: “I was diagnosed in 2015 and have undergone multiple operations and rounds of chemo, but recently it became apparent that the treatment wasn't working anymore and my consultant gave me the prognosis of a few months at best.

“I have run throughout all my treatment and during the periods when I have lost my hair I can always be seen at parkrun running in brightly coloured wigs. Moors Valley is now my home parkrun and the core team decided to stage an event in celebration of my life. Thank you to everyone that came along, wore a wig and donated - your money will fund research that will help other women survive this disease.”

Cary Wakefield, chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “Glenys is an inspirational woman who is fundraising for research that will change the outlook for the 7,300 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. From all of us here at Ovarian Cancer Action, thank you.”

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