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Deputy mayor defies doctors to complete town’s marathon
3:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
BOURNEMOUTH’S deputy mayor defied doctors to complete the town’s first-ever marathon at the weekend.
Councillor Phil Stanley-Watts, a former competitive runner, suffered a cardiac arrest last November, and was advised not to run the 26.2 mile race on Sunday.
However, after five and a half gruelling hours, the 54-year-old made it to the finish line.
He said: “I wouldn’t run a marathon again, but I really wanted to finish this one because it’s for charity.
“It was very important to me to take part, although I was told I really shouldn’t be doing it at all.”
Cllr Stanley-Watts takes eight tablets a day for his heart.
“It was a very tough race. I saw a number of people collapsing. However, I thought the race was very well organised, and I think it was a fantastic event for Bournemouth,” he said.
The councillor ran for six local charities, including the Coda Music Trust, Diverse Abilities Plus and the Wessex Cancer Trust.
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