Asthmatic runner admits puffing on vape during 10K Cancer Research run was 'silly' as she is mocked

21-year-old Daniella Stockley holding her vape during a charity run
-Credit: (Image: Kennedy News/Daniella Stockley)


A 'silly' asthmatic runner who claims she 'almost died' during a cancer charity race has been mocked online - as she puffed on an e-cigarette around the 10km course instead of sipping water.

Daniella Stockley says she ran a 10km Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research last month but 'couldn't be bothered' to carry a water bottle. The 21-year-old took her cherry-flavoured e-cigarette to puff on instead, but admits by halfway she 'thought she was going to die' as her heart was 'beating out of her chest'.

The social media manager admitted it was 'silly' to bring the vape but is unsure if the 'agony' was due to that or her lack of training. Despite this, Daniella bizarrely believes the e-cigarette fuelled her efforts to complete what 'felt like a marathon'.

The runner shared a TikTok video of her running the fundraiser while clutching her vape and it has since gone viral with 2.6 million views. In the clip Daniella, who claims she vapes '24/7', can be heard breathing heavily and saying 'I brought my vape on a marathon instead of water. Who f***ing does that?'.

Many users have since criticised Daniella's 'unhealthy' e-cig habit and claimed 'that's the reason why you're out of breath' while others hailed it 'iconic' and 'real'. According to Cancer Research, e-cigarettes pose fewer health risks than cigarettes as they do not contain cancer-causing tobacco, however, the long-term dangers are unknown.

21-year-old Daniella Stockley holding her vape during a charity run
21-year-old Daniella Stockley holding her vape during a charity run -Credit:Kennedy News/Daniella Stockley

However Daniella claims that despite it giving her an 'energy boost', she was in 'agony' during the run and is unsure if it was from vaping or because she rarely exercises. Daniella, from Billericay, Essex, said: "It's so silly, right?

"Everyone was saying 'you're doing a run for cancer but you're smoking a vape' so I didn't really know what to say. When I meet up with my best friend we're just vaping 24/7, we encourage each other.

"When it came to the actual run we said, 'can you bothered to carry water?' and then we noticed we could just put our vape in our shorts. I was laughing about it so hard with my mate.

"We were 10 minutes into the run and I thought 'I really wish I had water right now'. I was going around to the supervisors and asking where the water stations were. There were none so I was just puffing on my vape to get me through.

"I almost died. I don't know if it was because it was my first ever run or the fact I was vaping. But I ran the race so well for about half an hour, then I died. I have asthma. My eyes were streaming, I was breathing heavily, my head was banging, my legs were in agonising pain and I thought I'd need a wheelchair at work.

"I thought my heart was beating out of my chest. It was burning and the vaping probably wasn't helping. I was in agony and it was so bad, I don't know if it's just because I'm unfit. When I was so tired halfway through, I thought I was literally going to die so I started puffing on it for the whole rest of the run until the end, it was the key to getting through the run.

21-year-old Daniella Stockley
21-year-old Daniella Stockley -Credit:Kennedy News/Daniella Stockley

"It gave me the energy to keep going, so thank you to the cherry e-cig to keep me going. I'll keep going on more runs with my vape in the future. My dad was at the finish line and he doesn't know I vape so I had to put it back in my shorts.

"I felt a huge sense of achievement that I actually completed it because I was so unfit."

Danielle ran the Race for Life as a pal's mum was recently diagnosed with cancer and she raised £2,500 as part of a group. The 21-year-old says she didn't train before the race but still managed to complete it in around one hour and 20 minutes.

Many users criticised Daniella's decision to puff on a vape during the run. One user commented: "And that's the reason why you're out of breath. They're so unhealthy." A second pointed out: "So many people smoking at a Cancer Research event."

A third added: "I honestly don't understand vaping." However some praised Daniella for bringing her vape. One user commented: "So real for that."

21-year-old Daniella Stockley
21-year-old Daniella Stockley -Credit:Kennedy News/Daniella Stockley

Another said: "Essentials only." A third added: "Iconic." A fourth found it relatable and admitted: "This is literally me at the gym hitting my vape after every."

A Race for Life spokesman said: "Smoking or vaping at Race for Life is not permitted as these are non-smoking events. Participants and supporters may be asked to leave if we see them smoking or vaping and they refuse to adhere to this rule."

WHAT IS VAPING?

Cancer Research UK says electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, usually contain nicotine, which is the addictive chemical found in cigarettes. Studies show that vaping is less dangerous than smoking because vapes do not contain tobacco, which is the harmful part of cigarettes that can cause cancer.

However, potentially harmful chemicals have been found in e-cigarettes and the long-term effects are unknown. It's advised that e-cigarettes should only be used to help people to stop smoking or to prevent tobacco use.