LITTLEHAMPTON man Tom Viney continues to take a stand in the fight against heart disease, following his father’s sudden death.
The 27-year-old will be running in the first Bright10, a ten-mile road race around Brighton and Hove, to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Tom, an assistant manager at Black Lion Harvester in Brighton, will again don his BHF Heart Runners vest for the race on Sunday, October 18.
He said: “I decided to take part after losing my dad to heart disease last December. It all happened incredibly quickly during a short time in hospital and even took the doctors by surprise.
“There was no chance to say a proper goodbye. I felt I needed to do something to raise money in his memory and it wasn’t until April that I started my running journey.
“Before then, I hadn’t run for years – I’m not exactly the sporty type and was always the last to be picked at PE in school, so this was big thing for me.”
Tom completed his first race, the Worthing 10k, in June, and was in the Littlehampton 10k last month, as part of his training for Bright10.
So far, he has raised £288.88 for the charity and hopes to add a further £250 this time.
Tom added: “This ten-mile course will be a true test, as it would be the furthest distance I have ever run. To put it in perspective, it’s another four miles added on to a 10k course.”
Tom is hoping to complete the course in an hour and 45 minutes.
Visit www.justgiving.com/tomvineybright10 to make a donation and www.bright10.co.uk for more information about the course.
Tristam Jones, head of events at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Thanks to Tom for joining the Heart Runners team. Without our supporters, we cannot continue to fund life-saving research into heart disease and provide those affected with the care and support they need.”
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, claiming around 73,000 lives a year – an average of 200 lives every day. Money raised from events such as the Bright10 is currently helping to support more than 1,000 research projects into heart disease around the UK. Progress is being made but there are still millions of adults and children who need help.
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