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A father who has fought back from spinal cancer is taking part in the Great Bristol 10k with the support of his wife in his first ever running event.

Stephen Riddiford, 57, was devastated when he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in his spine and prostate in 2013 but says he has his wife Janet to thank for his speedy recovery.

Stephen and Janet, from Loxton in Somerset, are taking part in the Great Bristol 10k on 15 May to raise money for a variety of charities that have supported him throughout his diagnosis.

Stephen, a father-of-two, underwent gruelling operations and radiotherapy sessions before being told he was in remission last year.

He will have Janet by his side when he takes part and is determined to be at full fitness as the event approaches.

Stephen said: “Janet has been my rock all of the way through, she has been faultless through my treatments.

“She is a keen runner and one day me and the kids went to watch her, I decided I wanted to do something similar so we both signed up for the Great Bristol 10K.

“It's a good thing to give something back but training with Janet has helped build my confidence back up.

“I had gone into a shell when I was diagnosed, I felt really low so being able to run with others gives me a huge boost.”

Stephen's illness meant he was in constant pain and had to give up work, but he is now volunteering as a patient driver and hopes to continue in the future.

He says running has helped to restore the confidence he lost during his treatment.

Stephen added: “Helen is so selfless because she has sacrificed so much for me.  She is a keen runner and wants to improve her time but she gives that up to help me along.

“She knows I need her help because if I were to fall, it may affect the recovery of my spine. She's been amazing.”

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