Sunderland’s Mackem Mover battles back from heart attack by taking on Great North Run

The Mackem Mover Steve Turner and his wife Glynis who are taking part in the Great North Run.

The Mackem Mover Steve Turner and his wife Glynis who are taking part in the Great North Run.

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THE Mackem Mover is hitting the road.

Steve Turner, who found fame after being spotted on TV dancing in the crowd at the Stadium of Light, is taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

The 49-year-old wants to repay the support he received after suffering a heart attack during filming for Sky One’s Got To Dance show 18 months ago.

Steve had made it through the preliminary auditions of the show, hosted by Davina McCall, but needed surgery after being taken ill during filming at his County Durham home.

Surgeons inserted a small tube into the blood vessel that had collapsed, causing the heart attack, and Steve, who won the North East Breakdancing Championships on his 21st birthday, was back on his feet within days.

“With me having had the heart attack and getting back to fitness to the point where I can do the Great North Run, it’s great that I can give a little bit back to the British Heart Foundation,” he said.

Steve will run alongside his wife Glynis, who is running for the same charity, will be joined on the run by Gateshead-born actor and musician Stief Brett.

Stief, who now lives in Harlow, will be raising funds for Cancer Research.

He and Steve became friends through their love of music.

Steve said: “He plays in a punk and rockabilly band and they did a couple of gigs in the North East.

“They have performed a couple of times at The Royalty, I have introduced them and that’s how we got to know each other.

“I didn’t even know he was doing the run. He said, ‘I’m going to do the Great North Run, will you sponsor me?’ and I said, ‘I can’t really because I am doing it myself’.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor Steve and Glynis can visit their donation page at http://uk.virgimoneygiving.com/mackemmovergnr.