A Glasgow hotel owner completed an ’emotional’ London Marathon, after suffering three heart attacks in the last three years.
Chris Hanlon, co-owner of the Number 10 Hotel in the south side of Glasgow, finished his 10th London Marathon on Sunday, having just months before feared his last race had been run.
The 57-year-old had been due to compete in the iconic race two years ago with his daughter, however, had to pull out at the last minute because of his heart issues.
Despite his last heart attack being just 16 months ago, yesterday Chris crossed the finish line alongside his daughter, having aimed to prove to himself he could still 26.2 mile following his health setbacks.
Speaking to Glasgow Live, Chris, who was also running the marathon to raise money for two charities that mean a lot to him, Macmillan Cancer Support and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said: “It was very emotional crossing the finish line. It gets to you in normal times, but yesterday was probably a lot more emotional.
“I was meant to do the marathon two years ago with my daughter, but because of my heart condition I had to pull out of that one at the last minute, having had a heart attack.
“I didn’t think I’d get a chance to do it again. I thought that might be it.
“Just unexpectedly about three years ago, I had a heart attack and then had another couple after that as well. We just couldn’t get to the root of the problem, so it was quite a personal challenge for me just to try and make sure I could do this, which was quite important.
“I wanted to prove to myself that you can in fact carry on after that. When you first have a heart attack, people say ‘oh, you won’t be able to this and that again’, but it’s a major part of my life doing these sorts of things.”
Chris’ family were understandably worried during yesterday’s marathon, with the 57-year-old telling them it would be his last marathon. However, having finished yesterday’s race successfully, he’s not ruling out another race in future
“My family were quite worried about me doing it. I promised them that would be the last one, but now that I’ve shown I can do one, I might just need to maybe change that again. If I’m allowed to do it again, I’ll do it again.”
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Thankfully, doctors managed to properly diagnosis Chris’ heart condition last year. And he says exercise has been vital as part of his recovery.
He explained: “When I had the latest heart attack last May, they seemed to get to the bottom of it and that really put me back on track to get me into my training again.
“My condition is great now, I’ve just got to keep on monitoring it. Being able to do exercise really does help and I think that enabled my recovery as well.”
Chris has already raised over £1,600 towards his £2,500 for McMillan and he’ll be giving Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland the same amount up to the value of £2,500 as part of his thanks for the treatment he received at Hairmyres Hospital.
Meanwhile, Number 10 Hotel, at Queen’s Drive by Queen’s Park, is holding its annual charity fundraising event on November 26.
To find out more about Chris’ story and to donate to his fundraiser, you can visit his gofundme page here.
For more about the upcoming charity evening at the Number 10 Hotel, you can visit their website here.