RUNNERS from Worcester and Malvern were among the 350 who hit the streets of the capital in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF)
Robin Jasinski and Dean Elliot tackled the 26.2miles on Sunday (October 3) for the delayed 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.
It was the first time since April 2019 that the iconic event has taken place due to the pandemic and 58-year-old Robin ran just over 12 months after suffering a heart attack.
After regaining consciousness, he went to hospital where tests revealed three severally blocked arteries which needed three stents fitted
“The atmosphere on the day was electric and I want to say thank you to all the amazing people on the side lines cheering me on, they really inspire you to keep going and put a smile on your face,” he said.
Dean, 41, from Malvern, raised an incredible £6,100 in memory of his mum Pauline who passed away in 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
“My mum suffered quite badly from angina. She had a pacemaker and a stent fitted as well. Despite it all she never let her health get her down, she was a pretty tough lady,” he said.
“I ran with mum’s necklace. She always wore it, it’s very special to me. When I crossed the line, I burst into tears for about five minutes.
“All I was thinking of my mum, she was with me the whole way. It wasn’t about me running a marathon, it was about doing something special for her.”
Visit www.bhf.org.uk/londonmarathon2022 for more on the 2022 event.