Fleetwood man set to run virtual marathon following heart surgery

A Fleetwood man is completing the virtual London Marathon this Sunday to prove “that anything is possible after heart surgery”.

Gary Parkinson, 46, had heart valve replacement surgery in 2017 following a car accident on his way home from triathlon training.

Eager to test his limits after his rehabilitation, he took on the challenge of running a marathon for his local NHS charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

Gary says that the famous feat has been a lifelong dream of his, amongst a few other motivating factors.

He said: “I’m doing the marathon for a few reasons: to raise money for Blue Skies and thank the hospital for their hard work and dedication, to prove that anything is possible after heart surgery, and because I’m slightly mad!”

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the London Marathon has been changed to a virtual event, meaning Gary will now complete the 26 miles along the promenade from Fleetwood to Blackpool and back.

Not only will he be supported by his friends and family in his bubble, but his employers, GAP Hire Solutions, are match-funding his donations up to £750.

To donate to Gary’s fundraising, click here.