Runs of courage for Mexborough duo

Marathon man Sean Rodgers, of Mexborough.
Marathon man Sean Rodgers, of Mexborough.

A BRAVE runner whose heart stopped beating for 15 MINUTES after suffering a cardiac failure has completed the London Marathon in his fastest ever time.

And a former Mexborough woman who was the sole runner for the Army Widows’ Association hopes to have raised £3,000 by making the finish line.

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 gave him chest compressions.

Sean, 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 the determined dad-of-two has not let the condition slow him down and he completed the London Marathon on Sunday - one of five endurance challenges he hopes to complete this year.

Sean also finished the race in a personal best time of 4hrs 18mins.

He said: “I did the marathon to try and show people that anything is possible.

“I felt fine during the race, the old ticker didn’t fail me.”

Military widow Janine Fountain, 40, completed the London Marathon in five hours seven minutes. She lost her husband Steve when he was killed after becoming involved in a fight in 2000.

The Army Widows’ Association helped her to recover from army man Steve’s death and she is now a full ambassador for the service.

She said: “It was an emotional day, the crowds in London were amazing, it made me feel proud to be British!

“I am delighted with the funds realised for the association and it will all be put to good use in arranging counselling, a family event and much more for the widows and their children. Thanks to all who donated towards my cause.”