On a very hot Bank Holiday Sunday, 6th May, at Tatton Park, Greg Hall completed the fourth 10k of his charity challenge to run ten this year.
However, the preceding event at Whitchurch (at the start of April), didn’t quite go according to plan. With approximately 50m to go, he began to struggle with his breathing, was completely drained, and despite gritted determination to finish the race he collapsed about 10m from the line.
‘The next thing I knew, a fellow runner knelt beside me, put my arm around his neck and lifted me to my feet – he was not going to let me give up (even though, having essentially dragged me a few metres, he told me I was going to have to do some of the work, as I was getting very heavy).
This fellow runner sacrificed his own time and position to make sure I finished the race, and if I ever track him down, I owe him a pint – or two.
I have a vague recollection of collapsing over the finish line, and the next ten minutes or so is a blur. I’ve been told someone watched our children, so that my wife could run over with a paramedic; and the fact I was almost unconscious, entirely grey, and unable to communicate, gave everyone cause for concern.
The next thing I remember, is lying on a stretcher in the medical tent, hooked up to machines and being given oxygen. To cut a long story short, after being treated for over two hours by the on-site paramedics, I was taken to Telford Hospital (where I underwent even more tests), before ‘enjoying’ an overnight stay at Leighton Hospital for good measure!
Thankfully, I hadn’t caused myself any serious damage, and was back running within a couple of weeks, in training for the Tatton Park 10k on Bank Holiday Sunday. My time wasn’t great, but at least I didn’t need any medical attention this time!
Bring on the next 6!”