‘Life is short and the world is wide,’ was Kyoko Beaumont’s mantra when she gave up a career as a weather girl and TV presenter in Japan in search of a new challenge.
She arrived in the UK at the start of the new Millennium and enjoyed the anonymity of not being recognised in the street.
“I was a minor celebrity back home because people would see me on breakfast TV but I really enjoyed the fact that no-one knew me here,” says the lung cancer clinical support worker for Macmillan Cancer.
Kyoko joined the organisation in tribute to her parents who passed away from cancer and fundraises for the organisation in her spare time as a runner.
“I got into running during lockdown,” says the renaissance woman whose interests including baking, photography and a social media presence that would put most youngsters to shame.
Kyoko even found herself back on the box when she was announced ‘star baker’ in the Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice TV.
One of her great passions is running including completing a virtual marathon one Sunday morning with friends and family coming out to cheer her on.
To date, she has run three charity races and plans to lace her shoes up again next March.
“I never thought of myself as a runner but really caught the bug and now run three or four times a week. I’ve even made a running shoe shaped cake.”