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'Miracle man' Sean Doyle completes 100th Parkrun

Emotional moment for runner who survived cardiac arrest

Sean Hoyle (left) and Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt unveil the public access AED in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.

It was the Parkrun ‘miracle man’ Sean Doyle might never have undertaken...

And the 48-year-old father of two could have been forgiven for being emotional when he joined 690 other runners at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield – for his 100th Parkrun.

Sean, of Brockholes, was about to start his seventh Parkrun in 2013 when he collapsed from a massive cardiac arrest which left him with only a 6% chance of survival.

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Only the swift attention of medics – and the use of a new chest compression system – saved his life.

Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (right) meets cardiac athletes (from left to right) Roland Malkin, Glenn Davies and Sean Doyle at Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.

Three years on he is a regular at the weekly Saturday morning gatherings at Greenhead Park, one of the largest in the country.

Joining Sean at the milestone event was Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who cut a ribbon to officially celebrate the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator, a speclialist device that could save more lives.

Fundraising from the Parkrun community and Huddersfield Pennine Rotary Club means the machine will be made available to the public in a secure box.

Heart attack survivor and Huddersfield Town fan Sean Doyle runs 50 laps of John Smith's Stadium before Watford game

Paul said he was delighted to share Sean’s big moment and added: “It’s not often you can stand with a man who came back from the dead and went on to make such a difference to a community.”

Sean Doyle (right) and Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt embrace after unveiling the public access AED in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.

Sean Doyle finished 41st on Saturday’s run with a time of 20:53.

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