Dad takes on a tough run after operation

AFTER having open heart surgery eight months ago, a father has taken on one of the UK's toughest running challenges to raise hundreds of pounds for Wessex Heartbeat.

Tuesday, 3rd July 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:01 pm

Along with his daughter Zoe, Martin Morrall took on the Race to the King, a 52.4 mile double marathon along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral.

The 60-year-old, from Botley, said: ‘I saw how much the charity helped people on the ward and their families when I was in hospital and wanted to give something back.’

It was through running that Martin discovered there was a problem with his heart and a CT scan revealed he had a swelling of the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down the chest and stomach.

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Martin met many people supported by the charity throughout his hospital stay.

John Munro, chief executive of Wessex Heartbeat, said: ‘We are in absolute awe of Martin. He’s a fantastic example of how you can make a very quick recovery and go on to have an active life after heart surgery.’