Empowering women – Fabienne Barris

Fabienne is one of RaidLight’s employees, 34 years old, English and has been working at RaidLight since 6 years at our aftersale service

She is probably one of the funniest and toughest person we have ever met, when she has something to say, she says it. She is always up for an afterwork adventure, a midday run, or just spending time with friends, while raising her beautiful daughter Gisela (and the second one is on its way) along with her husband Jerome.

How did you start running?

I’ve always enjoyed running, mainly cross country, but it is not until I started working for Raidlight that I begun to run with my colleagues to not only empty the mind and escape the office during lunch but also gave me the opportunity to test all of the products and understand them for our customers.

Why do you run?

To escape! Free the mind and explore the different landscapes around me. Plus, it’s free!

What does sport bring you in your life?

It has brought me a team. Running can be considered as an individual sport however, running together with colleagues and friends has built a supportive team that encourage each other to get out, train, race and have a drink after!

What does it mean to be a man/woman in your sport?

I find this question tricky to answer, I run with men and women of all different levels, as a beginner everyone has helped cheer me on and encourage me to go further, therefore I haven’t felt a difference in how I’m treated. Apart from being a large chested runner, getting a good running bra is important to keep them strapped down!!

Why RaidLight?

Did I have a choice? I work for the brand! It is probably written somewhere secretly in my work contract! However before working for Raidlight I hadn’t heard of the brand, and now that I run with their products, I couldn’t run with anything else, knowing the passion and dedication that my colleagues put into designing, testing and producing the products, it can be felt when wearing the collection…!

What’s your fav product?

My Responsiv Union Jack sac. It’s fun running around France whilst flying the colours for the UK on my back! It is an older version of the Responsiv pack, but the newer version have the same features, the free-lock system on the sides, which enable me to tighten the pack to my torso and it then fits perfectly, you forget it’s on. This also helps keep my chest in place as I run!

What are you the proudest of in your life?

Easy, my 6-year-old daughter. She is feisty, confident but helps others when she sees they need it. Last year she part ran/walked the 5k colour trail and loved it, seeing her just go as fast as she can and her excitement at the end whilst being covered in colour was amazing to see. She can’t wait for the next one!

What was you’re the hardest challenge you had to face in your life?

Not many are aware, as I don’t talk about it openly, but I have trichotillomania (Trich) this is a compulsive disorder where you pull hair off your body, in a trance like state. I pull my eyelashes and eyebrows and have done so for the past 12 years following a trauma. Trich means you pull, without realizing it; in front of the television, computer, even in your sleep… I have had times when I have had nearly no eyebrow or little eyelashes. This challenge continues and is worse during times of stress, which is why running has helped me escape, empty the mind and reduced my hands wanting to pull.