Parkour coaches marries girlfriend after 10-year wait due to rare illness

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 April 2018

Chantelle with her new husband Denholm and their free running friends Alex, David and Joshua. Picture: GTB Photo.

Chantelle with her new husband Denholm and their free running friends Alex, David and Joshua. Picture: GTB Photo.

Garry Mitchell

A Weston woman who has battled with daily seizures due to a rare illness was finally able to walk down the aisle to marry the love of her life.

Chantelle Wilcox, née Williams, suffers from polymicrogyria which causes her to have epileptic fits.

The seizures became so bad a few years ago, Chantelle was unsure she would survive.

She said: “I’ve been having seizures since I was 13 and they have got worse over time.

“At one point, they thought I may not even survive as the seizures I was having could have killed me.

“I had surgery when I was 21 to put an implant in my chest which should help with my seizures.

“We had to put everything on hold and wait to get married because we didn’t know how things were going to go with my health. I wanted to get back on my feet.

“I’m managing now, but I had a seizure the night before my wedding.”

Chantelle and Denholm met in the Italian Gardens when they were 15.

They waited almost 10 years to get married, but they were finally able to tie the knot on April 14.

Chantelle said: “It was a really emotional day. I was delighted we were finally able to get married after waiting for such a long time.

“So many people came to the wedding and lots of them knew how ill I’ve been so it was very emotional.”

Chantelle and Denholm run a parkour and free running club in Weston – FREE – which is based at Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club.

They set the business up when they were 17 with the help of their friends Alex Forrest, David Bradshaw and Joshua Dehaan.

Alex and David were best men for Denholm and Joshua was a groomsman.

The free runners put on impromptu displays at the wedding and performed back flips for the wedding shots.

Denholm, who also works at Weston College, is a parkour coach and his free running club has performed at Glastonbury and supported Rita Ora at the O2.

Chantelle manages the business.

She said: “We decided to start a business because it (free running) was growing in popularity and we thought we could do something with it to help young people who don’t have anything to do.

“It’s like a youth club and a sports club in one.”

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