A HEART attack when he was just 38 spurred a Sheffield man to run the city’s half marathon.
Rizni Marzook, from Crosspool, was admitted to the Northern General Hospital in May 2010 suffering from chest pains.
He was diagnosed with a heart attack, which is what claimed his father’s life when he was 55.
Rizni, pictured right, has entered the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, May 27, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
The IT project manager for HSBC, now aged 40, said: “When doctors told me I had suffered a heart attack it was a complete shock, as I had no previous signs that there were any problems with my health.
“I had to change my way of life completely and now do one-and-a-half to two hours at the gym each day. Even if I am tired and don’t feel like going, I still go out for a long walk to keep active.
“Although I am on medication for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, I am able to live life normally.”
Rizni, who has two children – a son aged 14 and daughter aged four - hopes to raise £500 for the charity which HSBC will match through the bank’s staff charity scheme.
He said: “It is very important to support research into heart disease and help to raise funds for the purchase of diagnostic equipment.
“I benefited from the advances made before my heart attack and would like to help other heart patients of the future.”
n To sponsor Rizni, visit www.justgiving.com/Rizni-SheffieldHalfMarathon