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I am running the Great North Run for British Heart Foundation because I want to help others survive heart disease.

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  • In memory of: Rowley Kurtz
  • Event: Great North Run 2017, 10 Sep 2017

British Heart Foundation

We power research into heart disease to beat the UK’s single biggest killer

Charity Registration No. 225971

Story

My darling husband Rowley was passionate about his running. It made him so happy to be able to run and set himself new challenges.  Sadly he suffered a fatal heart attack last October, just one day after completing the Yorkshire marathon and my life changed in an instant. 

Rowley had always hoped that I might one day become a runner and I had got as far as downloading the C25K podcasts before he died. I was a great supporter of his running, and was there at the finish line for him but I didn't even own a pair of trainers! In fact, I'm know for my complete dislike of exercise! After his death, I decided that I wanted to run a race in his memory, so started on the C25K programme. I soon discovered that I have arthritis in my knee, so running was put on hold while I worked on strengthening my knee joint and I went for my first run outside in April this year. 

Thanks to the fabulous support and belief from Charlie at the gym, I somehow find myself in the entry list for the Great North Run. It was an event Rowley always wanted to enter, so I'm sure he had a hand in my winning a place! It's all his fault! I'll be running with Charlie and a couple of other girls from the gym and I'm planning on enjoying it! It won't be fast but I'm determined to cross that finish line with a smile on my face. I'm sure Rowley will be there with me, pretty surprised and hopefully very proud of me too.

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