FITNESS fanatic Andrew Muckles is taking part in six gruelling race events in three months – including this year’s Sunderland City 10k – despite having a serious heart problem.
Andrew, from Fulwell, Sunderland, found out he had cardiomyopathy five years ago and wants to make people of Sunderland aware of the condition.
People of all ages can be affected by the heart muscle disease, which is most commonly inherited.
“I have known I had the condition for five years and knew it was in my family history,” said Andrew, 28.
“I want to raise awareness for the cause because it is a serious condition and I want people to know this and urge them to get checked out, along with their family.”
Andrew has already completed a week-long 500-mile bike trip in the Andalucian mountains, and is gearing up for the Stokesley Duathlon, Stockton Duathlon, Tough Mudder and Edinburgh Kilomathon, as well as the Sunderland City 10k on May 4.
He has been in training since November and has took part in similar events in the past, including a walk up the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, but admits has never tried to do so many running events over a short period.
Andrew said that his training has gone smoothly so far, apart from a small injury.
“Training has been good so far,” said Andrew. “I am doing 100-mile cycles as well as swimming and jogging.
“I had a small knee injury at the end of 2013, but I have recovered now.”
Andrew, who is a team leader in the control room at North East Ambulance Service, is raising money for the Cardiomyopathy Association and has a target fund of £5,000.
He said: “I have raised £1,000 so far and I am hoping to raise £5,000 for the Cardiomyopathy Association.
“That is a lot of money for the cause and it would be a great help.
“I have recently set up a Just Giving page that allows people to donate online and I have also had cash donations.”
To donate to Andrew’s appeal go to www.justgiving.com/Cardio-Challenge.
To sign up for the Sunderland 10k or the Sunderland City Half Marathon, which are being sponsored by Holiday Discount Centre, go to www.sunderlandcity10k.com.