On 7 November 2014, Rob had a stroke aged only 41. Subsequent tests found that he had a 13mm hole in his heart, resulting in an operation in June 2015. Having been a track runner in his youth, after he had recovered from these two major events he decided he wanted to get back into running.
Starting with a few parkruns, he entered the Wyvern 10k in 2016. It was there that he was introduced to various members of Hedge End Running Club and decided to join us.
Since then, his running has gone from strength to strength. He ran the Southampton Half Marathon in April this year, sacrificing his own race to have fun with other club members (some selfies may have been taken) and helping one struggling member to get over the finish line.
He then decided to run the Bournemouth Marathon in October in aid of the Stroke Association who helped him when he was ill, completing it in a very respectable 4 hours and 49 minutes.
This year, Rob has demonstrated all the values the club stands for and more - to push yourself to achieve time and distance targets you did not think possible, and to have fun whilst you are at it.
Congratulations Rob - a very well deserved winner.