London Marathon: Paul Cecil

Paul Cecil

We recently caught up with Paul to find out his reasons for running the London Marathon for EHAAT and see how his training is going.

Why did you choose to run the marathon for EHAAT?

Back in February 2015, I began my normal Sunday routine. “See you later,” I said to my wife Teresa, as I closed the door and went out on my Sunday run. I like to run the beautiful tracks in and around the woods in the Goffs Oak and Cuffley area. Two miles into the run I suddenly felt very dizzy. And that’s all I remember before waking up in Queen’s Hospital, Romford. “Paul, Paul?” I could hear my wife calling me. As I opened my eyes I saw a beautiful and very worried Teresa. “Where am I?” I asked. “Hospital!” replied my wife.

I had fainted whilst running and fallen head first into a very shallow, and muddy ditch. I lay there for quite some time with my face in the water, slowly drowning, until my now and forever hero and friend Pascal Mcmanmon spotted me. Pascal pulled me out of the ditch and immediately tried to resuscitate me. Whilst applying CPR he also managed to call 999. The brilliant crew at EHAAT landed their helicopter in the field right next to me. I then spent three days in a coma and finally a few weeks resting in Queen’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

It was due to the bravery of Pascal and the speed, experience and professionalism of EHAAT, who all brought me back to life. With the amazing help of the staff at both hospitals and with the support of the best and loving friends and family, I am proud to say I am fit and well today.

How do you plan to fundraise?

My email signature on my work email for clients promotes the fact I am running the marathon. So hopefully that brings in some donations! I will gain sponsorship through my employer and colleagues and also sharing my fundraising page on social media. Just generally boring anyone that makes the mistake of talking to me!

Have you done any long distance running before? Or any similar challenges?

Not as far as a marathon, but I’ve ran a few half marathons. Training is going well so far, I’m up to 15 miles. I have joined Ware Joggers (running group). Jan there has helped me with a training plan.

Any tips for anyone thinking of taking up running?

Don’t! Only kidding. Pick a time and stick to it. The benefits will come in time. Be patient, and remember why you are doing it in the first place. Running is good for the mind, body and soul. It’s not a fad, it’s a way of life.

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