Two Managers from William Gregg VC Leisure Centre in Heanor will be hoping for glory as they raise money for Heart UK in London.
It may not be until April 23rd but two local leisure centre managers from Derbyshire already have their sights on glory!
Stefan Joyce (General Manager) and Ian Dickens (Fitness Manager) from William Gregg VC Leisure Centre in Heanor (whom Zycomm supply with Two-Way Radios) will be taking part in the 2017 Virgin London Marathon. They will be taking on the grueling 26.2 miles in a bid to raise over £3,500 for their chosen charity.
The pair are running for the Heart UK charity which is particularly close to them as they have both lost someone close to illness that this charity supports.
HEART UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with high cholesterol and their families. They seek to prevent early deaths caused by high cholesterol by providing advice and support to those concerned about their heart health; training and educating health-care professionals about the dangers of cholesterol; and running national campaigns, to ensure that cardiovascular disease remains the Government's number one health priority.
“Hi, I will be taking on the 2017 London Marathon to raise money for Heart UK. So many people are affected in some way by a heart related illness. If like me you have lost someone through an illness such as this you will recognise that without sponsorship these charities cannot continue with their support.
Some of you may know already that in the past I have been active and done a fair bit of running. Over the past two years I have carried an injury that has been quite debilitating. Running a marathon is going to be a tough challenge for me but I am determined with the right training and support I can get through it.
This is where you come in. If you could find it within yourself to sponsor me I will be extremely grateful and it will spare me on even more to get through the grueling 26.2 miles that lies ahead. My wife lost her father at the age of 58 from Familial Hypercholesterolemia which is a defective gene that can be passed on in families and can affect around 300,000 people in the UK. With your help and the awareness that we can generate we can prevent more families from the sadness of losing their loved ones premature from conditions such as this.
If you see me out and about on a training run be sure to give me a shout or a wave, Thank you”
“Hi, this year I have decided to take on one of my greatest challenges yet and after completing a number of 10k and half marathons this will be the first time I have ever completed a full marathon.
I have decided to run for Heart UK as this charity does a lot of work in raising awareness of the dangers related to high cholesterol and helps to educate and support individuals who are affected by this. This currently affects 1 in 5 people and as a fitness professional and qualified cardiac rehab instructor I have seen the damage and the impact that high cholesterol can have on the body. With early recognition it is something that in many cases can be prevented. We are all more than likely aware of someone who has had a stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular disease and the impact it has; not only on the individual but those around them. If we can better understand the dangers of high cholesterol we can significantly reduce the number of individuals that are affected by it.
After losing my mum in 2012 to an illness that wasn't preventable it has made me appreciate life in a different perspective and everything I do is to continue to make her proud and I am sure she be looking on as I achieve this next challenge in support of this good cause. On the whole I feel that the danger of high cholesterol and associated conditions is something that can be prevented and Heart UK is an excellent charity that does a lot of important work to try and achieve that”.
Zycomm wish both Ian and Stefan all the very best of luck.