Heart attack and triple bypass fail to slow down charity hero

Paul Armstrong
Paul Armstrong
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Most people could be forgiven for taking things easy after suffering a heart attack and undergoing triple bypass surgery.

But a major operation was not going to slow down one Lytham man who is now preparing to lace up his running shoes again to take part in a 5km race.

Paul Armstrong, 57, was walking along Royal Lytham and St Annes golf course two years ago when the pain he has been feeling in chest for months suddenly got worse.

Doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital told him he had had a heart attack and fitted him with a stent.

However, the damage was worse than they had feared and Paul, whose family has a history of heart disease, 
underwent a triple bypass.

His parents both suffered heart attacks, with his dad passing away after having two in the space of a year.

But within months of the surgery, Paul was back training and now has his sights set on the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k next weekend.

He has even roped his 
family into taking part, getting his wife Maureen and nine-year-old son Charlie to come running with him.

Paul, a mechanical fitter at MBDA, in Lostock, near Bolton, will be running to raise money for national charity Heart Research UK.

The 57-year-old said: “I have chosen to run the 5k because it is a local family event for a charity which is obviously very close to us.

“Since the heart attack and subsequent operation, I still exercise six days a week but I have adapted my routine, I still jog and cycle.

“My wife and son have also started jogging with me, and my son could already do a 5K I’m sure.”

The race, which is being held at Stanley Park, will take place on September 28.

It is open to participants of all ages and abilities and aims to promote healthier lifestyles.

Subway’s event ambassador Anthony Ogogo said: “I’m honoured to be a part of the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k at Stanley Park.

“It really is a worthwhile initiative and I hope the 5k will inspire families to get active together whilst helping to make them aware of the importance of heart health.”

For details of the race and to register to take part, visit www.subway.com.