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Norwich doctor helps injured competitor mid-race

PUBLISHED: 15:53 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 24 June 2018

John Keep, of St Stephens Gate Medical Practice, Wessex Street, was taking part in the Splat Quack Go charity race in Woodbridge, Suffolk last Saturday. Photo: NHS

John Keep, of St Stephens Gate Medical Practice, Wessex Street, was taking part in the Splat Quack Go charity race in Woodbridge, Suffolk last Saturday. Photo: NHS

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A Norwich doctor competing in a 12km mud race gave up his chance of a strong finish to help a fellow competitor with a possible broken leg.

John Keep, of St Stephens Gate Medical Practice, Wessex Street, was taking part in the Splat Quack Go charity race in Woodbridge, Suffolk last Saturday.

The 37-year-old was just minutes from the finish line when he saw a competitor being treated by paramedics.

He said: “I could see the patient was being helped so I thought I had better check. When I got there, I could see it was possibly quite a bad fracture.

“Given the location it was going to be a while for an ambulance to come so I thought it best to stay.”

The patient, who had suffered a lesser injury than initially thought, was taken to hospital.

“I was glad to help but I did see my wife Lydia pass me and she now has bragging rights at home as the only official finisher,” Dr Keep added.

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