Marathon runner, Kevin Leonard has died of lung cancer after he was diagnosed when
it took him an extra 10 minutes to finish his weekly Parkrun.
Kevin Leonard, 51, went to his GP after struggling to finish the 5k course in half-an-
hour – far slower than his usual time of 19 minutes.
Medics initially prescribed two courses of antibiotics – but within a fortnight, Mr
Leonard was so breathless he had to go to A&E.
The Welshman then received his devastating diagnosis.
Widow Eben told Wales Online: “He was such a fit and healthy person.
“The doctors at A&E couldn’t find anything but sent him to the hospital for a CT scan.
“He went for the scan at the University Hospital of Wales on December 23.
“Kev phoned me to say that the doctors wanted to see me – I couldn’t understand
why.”But when I got there, Kev told me they had found something.”
Mr. Leonard, a journalist who worked for BBC Wales and the South Wales Echo during
his career was then given “the worst possible news” in March 2020.
“They explained the only treatment left available to Kev was immunotherapy and
chemotherapy,” Mrs Leonard said.”It was devastating.”
She said her husband remained positive throughout his treatment, but within
months, the cancer had moved to his bowel. The family “felt time slipping away” and
paused treatment to enjoy Christmas together.
Mr Leonard died less than two months later. The family are now raising money for
City Hospice, which cared for the dad, with a Run 50k 4 Kev challenge.