Doncaster couple tackle run in aid of heart disease

Andrew and Colette Masson
Andrew and Colette Masson
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Doncaster couple Andrew and Colette Masson are to tackle a charity run to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.

The pair will be taking on the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield on 21 September as part of a fundraising drive.

The Masson’s, from Maltby, will be running in the event following their own lives being touched by the effects of heart disease.

Two years ago, Andrew, who suffers from Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome - a condition where the heart beats abnormally fast – contracted pneumonia and went into a coma.

While Andrew survived, his life-threatening illness has inspired himself and Colette to lead healthier lifestyles, with both stopping smoking two years ago, and more recently having taken up running.

Colette will also be taking part in the event in honor of her grandad who died of a heart attack as a result of suffering from emphysema.

Speaking about why she and her husband are raising money for Heart Research UK Colette said: “It’s a charity that everyone can relate to - someone always seems to know someone that’s either had a heart attack, heart bypass or a heart condition, and also with Andrew’s condition any amount we raise will go to a good cause.”

Taking place in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, the run is open to all ages and abilities with participants encouraged to walk, run or push their way around the course. The event is part of the SUBWAY® brand and Heart Research UK’s efforts to inspire families to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

Kids under 12 go free and early bird registrations for the rest of the family are just £5.99 each. With lots of free, fun activities on the day, to help keep the kids entertained with face-painting and a bouncy castle, it really is the perfect day out for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone who takes part will receive a free Subway to go lunch, goody bag and free entertainment.

Subway fan and Sheffield 5K event ambassador, Anthony Ogogo said: “I’m honoured to be a part of the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K and to see the series come to Sheffield. 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. It’s so easy to register, just go to the website to get involved and I promise you’ll have a fun family day out in return.”