Miracle man Sean Doyle was setting the pace at a charity run to mark those who helped him survive his own heart scare.
The Brockholes dad-of-two survived a double heart attack after collapsing at Huddersfield’s Parkrun in May 2013.
The keen runner was incredibly lucky as he happened to be surrounded by a host of medical professionals who were also doing the Greenhead Park run.
And his good fortune continued after he was the first person saved by blood oxygenation equipment that Huddersfield Royal Infirmary had only purchased a few days before his brush with death.
On Saturday, Sean, 47, and many of the runners who were there on the day of his horrifying heart attack, did a charity run to raise cash for the Keep It Up campaign – a joint charity for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Huddersfield Town’s Academy.
Sean, a keen Huddersfield Town fan, arranged for supporters from Holmfirth Harriers, Meltham Athletic Club and the Stadium Runners club to join him doing laps around the John Smith’s Stadium.
Sean said he had taken inspiration from the Pedal For Pounds bike rides and charity walks round the old Leeds Road ground.
“We used to have the Terriers Trek when I was a kid,” he said. “I’ve also seen the cyclists and the guy who did all the marathons and so I thought as I’m a runner anyway, this could be my way of giving something back and involve some of the team that helped save my life.”
Sean, who has been banned from competing by doctors, did almost 50 laps of the pitch – approximately ten miles – in just over an hour.
“It was dead easy,” he said. “About 18 laps in it started hitting home but then I got a second wind.”
Many of Sean’s friends and family expressed anxiety at him continuing to run so fast but the determined athlete has vowed to carry on.
“The timeframe of me getting back into it foxed a lot of people,” he said. “12 weeks back to running and only seven weeks before I was back at work – some people have longer off with a cold.
“My ribs were still hurting and I was on a lot of paracetamols, but it was great to get back running. You’ve got to get back in the saddle.
“I can’t do PBs anymore – and my wife would have my guts for garters if I competed. But it’s about keeping alive and running within your means.
“I don’t think about what happened to me, I put it to the back of my mind. I wear a heart monitor and I’ve got my medication with me.
“When you run it’s kind of an escapism and you release all your thoughts and concentrate on the ground. It’s good and it keeps me fit.”
Sean’s GP, Emma Roberts, who treated him at the scene, joined the runners ahead of Town’s fixture with Watford.
She recalled: “I went out and saw him on the floor but I didn’t actually know he was my patient at the time.
“We quickly realised he didn’t have a pulse. He was very lucky; if he hadn’t collapsed where he did he wouldn’t be with us.”
She added: “It’s amazing that he’s done this and he’s managed to get back to being so fit so fast”.
Dinah Coggon, a senior nurse from HRI, who also witnessed Sean’s collapse, said she was thrilled to join in the fundraising event but was also a touch worried that Sean was running so fast.
“It puts me on edge a bit. I suppose he’s alright, he knows what he’s doing and Emma’s usually not far behind him. It’s been a fantastic event and it’s all for a good cause.”
Friend Simon Edwards, who travelled in the ambulance with Sean, said: “It drives me crackers, it scares me that he runs so fast.
“But in the same breath I would say do whatever makes you happy, you only live once.”
HTAFC club ambassador, Andy Booth, paid tribute to Sean’s efforts, and said: “It puts us all to shame. To do ten miles at the pace he’s doing it is amazing.It just shows us all you don’t have to stop doing the things you love as long as you listen to the right advice.
“It’s great he’s got all these supporters and they’re raising £2,000 for the Keep It Up campaign”.
“We would like to thank him for all the hard work he has done.”
Sean and friends’ efforts come as the British Heart Foundation warns that heart attacks are devastating thousands of families across Yorkshire.
A survey of family members showed that 30% say they lived in constant fear of their loved one suffering a repeat attack while around one-in-seven had given up work or reduced their hours to care for their loved one.
There are around 175,000 heart attacks in the UK each year – meaning someone suffers a heart attack every three minutes.