Heart attack spurs jogger on to help grateful charity

Dominic Turner from Bures is taking on 13.1 miles for the British Heart Foundation at the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon. Here he is pictured (Top row, third from left) with his family running at a previous event ANL-160930-105751001
Dominic Turner from Bures is taking on 13.1 miles for the British Heart Foundation at the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon. Here he is pictured (Top row, third from left) with his family running at a previous event ANL-160930-105751001

Runner Dominic Turner from Bures is taking on a 13 mile run for a heart charity at the weekend.

Three years ago, he suffered a heart attack whilst he was out running with the Sudbury Joggers.

He said “Through the quick reactions of my running friends - along with the benefit of it being a very cold evening - they were able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR and get a trained paramedic to assist very quickly.

“I had several further occasions that my heart stopped on my way to hospital, and a defibrillator was used several times to restart my heart during the ambulance journey,” he said.

Now back running, he is taking part in a half marathon in aid of the British Heart Foundation’s at Blenheim Palace on October 2

Dominic will join more 4,000 runners at the event hoping to raise more than £250,000 to fight heart disease.

Dominic added: “Once out of hospital, the local rehabilitation team got me back to gentle exercise, before I started running again.

“I am now back running half marathons, marathons and ultras. I have run a number of these races raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, including the Blenheim Palace half marathon and the 10k event.”

Fundraising event manager, Leanne Postlethwaite, said “We are thankful to fundraisers like Dominic who share their reasons for taking part in the event. We hope that Dominic’s story will inspire more people to sign up to the half marathon, 10k or family fun run.”