A TEAM of medics from Leeds General Infirmary’s stroke unit are set to run this Sunday’s 30th Leeds Half Marathon in aid of two worthy causes.
They are keen to raise awareness of strokes while fundraising for the Stroke Association.
Some of the cash they raise will be used to buy furnishings to help make the hospital’s stroke rehabilitation unit more comfortable for patients and visitors.
Consultant neurologist Marc Randall, 40, of Garforth, will be running the Plusnet sponsored race on Sunday.
He said: “Strokes are the third biggest killer in this country and probably the biggest cause of disability.
“What people don’t realise is that at least a third of people who have strokes are under 60.”
Also running will be consultants Ahmad Hassan and Tharani Thirugnana-Chandran, nurse Claire Corson and ward clerk Hannah Sharma.
Miss Sharma, 22, of Whinmoor, said: “It has been a tough challenge. I have trained relentlessly for four months and I am finally at the stage where I can comfortably run the distance.
“It feels absolutely fantastic to be doing something which will benefit the patients we treat at work. Everyone on the team has trained really hard and we are fit, focused, and ready to smash this half marathon.”
Official Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Marie Curie, Sue Ryder, Overgate Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice, CLIC Sargent, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information, go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com