A MOTHER-OF-THREE who was violently assaulted when running along the City Walls has vowed the experience won’t stop her running.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was training for the Anglesey marathon this Sunday when she was attacked by a man at King Charles Tower at 5.45am.
She said: ‘For my training I have been doing laps of the walls and the running through Handbridge.
‘I spotted him on my first and second loops standing near Telfords. I thought he was odd but he was standing still and swaying so I ran on.
‘On my third loop I saw him by the Cathedral, he stood in my path so I move to the left and he stood in my path again then let me go past. He carried on walking.
‘At some point he must have decided to chase me but because I had headphones in I couldn’t hear him until he was two steps away.
‘He grabbed me and turned me to face him. I screamed my head off so he put his hand over my face and mouth to get me to stop but I still screamed, I bit him and put my fingers in his eyes.
‘He bent down to touch me between my legs and somehow we both lost our balance and fell on our backs. I then started kicking him. Eventually he ran off toward the Cathedral.
‘I ran to Northgate Street where there were some bin men who called the police for me.
‘I haven’t been back out running yet but I will do. Just next time I will go with a running club. It won’t affect me in the marathon I am determined not to let it.
‘Don’t quit what you want to do. Women shouldn’t have to live in fear.’
The man is described as being 5’11 and as late 30s early 40s. He was wearing a dark blue tracksuit with white stripes. He may have sratches to his face.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: ‘We urge anyone who knows anything to come forward.
Anyone with information should call Nicholas Henderson 0845 458 000 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.