RUNNER TO TACKLE HALF MARATHON FOR THE HEROES WHO SAVED HIS LIFE
Only 17 months after suffering a heart attack, a North East man is preparing to run the Kielder Half Marathon to raise funds for the charity that saved his life.
Terry Gregg had to be airlifted from the bed and breakfast he runs in Kielder to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance Service, during the May Bank Holiday in 2015.
However, grandfather-of-two Terry wasn’t out of action for long before he was planning to thank the service by getting back on his feet and taking part in a fundraising run.
He said: “Fairly early on, I decided I wanted to do the half marathon, but I didn’t want to do it last year. It might have been too soon and I didn’t know how my recovery was going to go.
“It was a target, something real that I could go for, from a fitness point of view. If you aim for something like this, it’s tangible.
“It’s important to me that I do this for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, because they saved my life.
“I’m getting there slowly. I managed around 12 miles the other day, so I’m just about ready for the half marathon.”
Terry, 54, ran the full Kielder Marathon in 2011, but has otherwise previously only taken part in the Blaydon Race – back when he was in his 20s.
Terry said: “I have a background in outdoor pursuits, which, I think helped my recovery. One of my arteries was completely blocked, but I’ve never smoked and I don’t drink a lot, so the heart attack probably had a lot to do with stress and a little bit to do with my diet.”
Steve Cram, Race Director, said: “The Kielder Marathon and the other events over the same weekend, such as the half marathon, provide a fantastic opportunity for people to achieve their goals in stunning surroundings. It’s stories like Terry’s that add a real personal dimension to these wonderful events and we wish him the best of luck on October 2nd.”
David Hall, Head of Leisure Strategy at Northumbrian Water, said: “It’s inspiring to hear Terry’s story. How he has not only successfully rehabilitated from his heart attack, but has trained to be ready for a half marathon within 18 months is fantastic. The Great North Air Ambulance is a service that is vital to communities such as Kielder, helping people to get the medical support they need far more quickly than would otherwise be possible, and the part its team played in saving Terry’s life illustrates that.”
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising of GNAAS, said: “We are proud to have Terry as a supporter. We couldn’t continue to fly across the region without the backing of people like him and we’ll be rooting for him every step of the way. This is a brave and determined man and we wish him well in his run and his ongoing recovery.”
Anybody wishing to sponsor Terry can do so at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/terrygreggkielder