No resting for Leeds volunteer

Anthony Higgins (left) on volunteer duty at the Great North Run  soon after finishing the race.
Anthony Higgins (left) on volunteer duty at the Great North Run  soon after finishing the race.
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Most people would be ready for a well-earned rest after completing a half-marathon - but not Anthony Higgins.

Straight after finishing the gruelling 13.1-mile Great North Run, the Leeds volunteer started a shift aiding other runners for the British Red Cross.

The 28-year-old had won a place in the ballot for the race in the North-east.

And after completing it in a time of two hours and 27 minutes he soon put on his uniform and got to work at the event’s field hospital.

The Great North Run is the biggest event in the UK which the British Red Cross provides first aid for.

Anthony, who is from Leeds and works as an NHS physicist, said: “When I got a place in the ballot for the race I thought I may as well make myself useful after the finish line rather than hanging around in the charity village.

“So I agreed it in advance with a colleague and got checked over by the field hospital manager after the race.

“When they agreed I was fit to work I got my British Red
 Cross uniform on and got cracking.”

Anthony, who began volunteering with the British Red Cross eight years ago, had also spent the previous day providing first aid to youngsters taking part in the Junior Great North Run.

And it was then his turn to need first aid while he ran the main race the following day.

He added: “During the run I injured myself around mile three with shin splints and sought help around miles four and ten.

“Coincidentally both times it was British Red Cross volunteers who I had trained that helped me.”

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