A man who has undergone heart surgery will be taking part in the Morecambe 10k to support the charity which helped nurse him back to health.
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Martin Issatt, from Chipping, started to feel unwell last year and after several visits to the hospital in June 2017 he had a double heart bypass. After his operation Martin was referred to Heartbeat for his rehabilitation classes.
He now wants to raise funds for the charity by doing the Morecambe 10k on June 3 to mark his 12-month anniversary of having his surgery.
The 49-year-old said: “Even though I have had family members with the condition, being diagnosed with heart disease was a huge shock. But after my surgery I found the Heartbeat rehab program an invaluable part of my recovery, the team worked with me and gave me advice on training limits to help me achieve my goals, without the program I don’t think I’d be as well as I feel now.”
Martin previously enjoyed taking part in challenges such as Bad Ass Mucker 10k in 2015 and in 2014 and 2013 he took part in Para10 which is a 10-mile endurance run organised by the Parachute Regiment and was physically fit when he began to feel unwell.
Lisa Riding Heartbeat fundraiser said: “Martin has found his recovery difficult not only physically, but emotionally to, so this really will be a challenge for him and we can’t thank him enough. He is a true inspiration to us all.”
Martin is now a member of the Cardiac Athletes and took part in his 1st 5k run in Oct 2017, just four months after his operation.
To support Martin who will be running with his brother and fellow Cardiac Athlete and Heartbeat supporter Darren Nicholls,visit Martin’s Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/martin-issatt2
Heartbeat still has places available in the Great Manchester half marathon and 10k taking place on Sunday 20th May 2018.
For more information, contact Lisa Riding in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.