Dereham care home worker runs a marathon six months after heart attack
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Michael Radbourne, 48, was out jogging in March when he felt unwell. Hours later, he was in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital having a stent fitted.
Now back in good health, thanks to care from the hosdpital and the support of family and friends, he decided to run a marathon in stages for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Mr Radbourne, who lives in Scarning and works as an adminstrator at Sanford House in Swanton Road, Dereham, took up the BHF's My Marathon challenge, whereby runners pledge to complete 26.2 miles over 30 days. They can run whenever they want, wherever they want and at a pace of their choosing.
Friends, colleagues and residents were waiting to cheer him over the finishing line when he completed the final three miles between two Caring Homes' elderly care homes, Oak Manor in Scarning and Sanford House.
'It was a bit hot but I managed to get here in the end,' he said after being showered with Champagne. 'There were a couple of big hills in there, the last one was a killer, Swaffham Hill, it really slowed me down.'
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Mr Radbourne was a keen jogger before his hart problem, which came completely out of the blue.
'I just went out for a run one night, I was trying to do two miles, and had to stop,' he said. 'I staggered home, called the ambulance and within two hours they put a stent in.'
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Sanford House manager Joan Auton said he had left work as normal beforehand.
'He said: 'I'm early tonight, I'm getting off and I'm going to go for a jog,' she said. 'I couldn't believe it when I came in the next day and found he'd had this heart attack.'
Sanford House provides nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 40 elderly people. Mr Radbourne's run was its second charity event of the day on Friday, which began with a Macmillan coffee morning.
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