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I am running 10k in this event for Cancer Research UK because I can and I want to raise funds for this charity

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  • Event: CRUK - Run 4 Men Jersey 2014, 13 Jul 2014

Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I run for fun and fitness. 

In October 2013 I ran a relay leg in the Jersey Marathon, two days later running to work I suffered a heart attack.  Unfortunately my family has a history of heart disease, I lost a father and brother to heart attacks both at the age of 54.  I was 57 when my heart attack occurred despite being on statins, eating sensibly and keeping fit. 

For years I had mistaken chest pain for breathlessness when running.  Surprisingly, this is an easy mistake to make.  I sadly read that Robert Berry a runner in the London Marathon this year might have made a similar mistake, he was not as lucky as me and died.  You can read his story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19607990.

My heart attack was not severe, in fact if it had not been for my family history I might have simply ignored it and put it down to an off day!  My treatment by the NHS was excellent.  I have had a single stent implanted which has made a big difference to the way I feel when running.  Lots of friends have expressed concern about me continuing to run but I now know what the danger signs are and my running times have been improving. 

I am currently following a VDOT training regime for 5k, really enjoying it and will be vey interested to see what my 5k time is like at the end of it.  I use Map my Walk to track my training - its a brilliant free app. 

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