Heart attack survivor urging people to sign up to challenge

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A heart attack survivor is calling on runners, walkers and cyclists to take part in the first ever Seaford Triple Challenge to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Martin Baldwin, 67 from Seaford, is urging people to take part in the event, which gives people the choice of tackling a 10-mile walk, running a half marathon or cycling a 20 or 30 mile route along the South Downs. People taking part only need to choose one event.

The challenge event will take place on Sunday, June 12 and is being organised by Martin and other members of the Seaford Martello Rotary Seaford Club. The club chose to support the BHF’s life-saving research because of Martin’s direct experience of heart disease.

Martin Baldwin said: “I had a heart attack in 2004. It was a Saturday night and I suddenly felt very ill. I was rushed to hospital where a nurse told me I was having a heart attack.

“I was gobsmacked. I’d never smoked, I only drank occasionally, and I’ve always been very active playing sport and walking all my life. It was the last thing I expected.

“They gave me a clot-busting drug to restore the blow flow to my heart.

“I was off work for three months. I’ve always been a positive person though. I went through a rehabilitation programme and I now walk and ride the South Downs regularly. Two years ago, I had a triple heart bypass to improve the blood flow to my heart but I’ve not let that slow me down. Last year, I walked 75 miles over four days in the Lake District.

“If it weren’t for the ongoing research by the BHF I don’t think I’d be here. Other members of the Rotary Club have also had heart problems. We’ve all benefitted from the modern treatments that are available, so this is our way of giving something back.”

The Seaford Triple Challenge, which starts and finishes at Seaford Rugby Club, will raise money for the BHF by encouraging participants to seek sponsorship for the event.

Martin, who is married with three children, said: “We designed this event to appeal to the widest number of people. So whether you are walker, a cyclist or runners there’s a challenge you can take on while raising money for a great cause.”

People who want to take part in the Seaford Triple Challenge can find out more information www.triplechallenge.martellorotary.org.uk

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