09:52 Wednesday 04 September 2013

Carolyn's blog, number one: FAT OLD LADIES DON'T RUN!

Written byGARETH BUTTERFIELD

29/08/13 Carolyn Bointon, Marathonist - Mayfield, Ashbourne 29/08/13 Carolyn Bointon, Marathonist - Mayfield, Ashbourne

WHAT on earth possessed me to apply for a place in the 2014 London Marathon I have no idea.

I can’t even blame it on temporary alcohol induced madness, as I know I definitely completed the form on a Saturday morning, and even I haven’t started hitting the cooking sherry that early in the day!

Then again I do also remember blithely thinking ‘Oh well, I will never get a place anyway, so many people apply’ just before I pressed the send button.

You see, I’m not a runner. I don’t run, I would even go so far as to say I hate running. I get all red in the face, sweaty (yep, I sweat; sadly I am not one of those lucky ladies who simply glow after exercise!) and I gasp for breath like my windpipe had been disconnected from my lungs. It’s not pretty. And that’s just after I’ve done 100 yards.

There is also the small detail of age. I’m no spring chicken. In fact to be honest I am probably well past the broiler stage by now.

It’s only three years until I celebrate the 29th anniversary of my 21st birthday You work it out – but let’s just say I’m fast approaching the stage in life where I should be considering ‘milestone birthday’ therapy!

Well, to my absolute horror I did get a place. And since I have already paid the registration fee my fate is sealed. now I have to fulfil my promise to the British Heart Foundation and run 26 miles on an early spring day next year, with the goal of raising funds for the vital work that they do.

And hopefully manage to complete it before the sweep team come round to clear the course. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be - overtaken by the midnight street cart cleaners!

So why did I sign up to do such a crazy thing? There’s a simple answer – to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Did you know coronary heart disease remains the UK’s single biggest killer? That there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year? That when someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10 per cent?

I am a volunteer for the Heart Start programme currently running in Staffordshire – I am also a West Midland Ambulance Service Community First Responder with Mayfield and Ellastone group.

We are currently offering a free two hour course covering basic first aid, CPR and how to help someone who may have had a heart attack.

My aim is to raise over £2,000 for BHF but also to increase awareness in the local area of heart disease and prevention, the vital role of CFRs in helping people who have had heart attacks (as well as attending other medical problems), the need for Public Access Defibrillator machines and why everyone from as young as 10 should learn the basic first aid skills needed to save a life!

The BHF supports all of the above and does so much more that it really needs every penny it can raise.

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