Brave runner’s latest marathon success

A BRAVE runner whose heart stopped beating for 15 minutes after suffering a cardiac failure has run his second marathon in a month.

Sean Rodgers, 43, suffered a cardiac arrest in 2009 while in bed after completing a training run and was saved when his wife wife Maria and paramedics gave him CPR.

The dad-of-two, of Lynwood Drive, Mexborough, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, similar to that of footballer Fabrice Muamba, and was fitted with a defibrilator.

But he is bouncing back and finished the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday, just weeks after completing the London Marathon in his fastest time ever.

He said: “It was very hot, but I managed to get to the finish. It was definitely hard work but i really enjoyed it.

“Thank you to all the people that have supported and sponsered me help gain awareness for others with my condition.”

Sean has long QT syndrome, a rare heart rhythm disorder that affects one in every 10, 000 people.

The condition causes the heart to beat rapidly and then take longer than normal to revert back to a steady rhythm.

He has since been fitted with a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD), which re-started his heart when he suffered another cardiac arrest last year.

Sean intends to take part in a triathlon in Ripon in July, the Loch Ness Marathon in September, and finally the Round Rotherham Run in October.

He is raising money for the the Arrhythmia Alliance, The Heart Rhythm Charity, and has so far collected around £500.

He said: “Part of the reason why I’m doing these challenges is to raise awareness of the condition and to show that it is not the end of an active life just because you have a heart condition.”

To support Sean on his marathon missions please visit his just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/seanrodgers