When mum Helen and her 7 year old daughter Mille line up for this weekend's Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5K in Jesus Green, Cambridge, they will know that their family has already been on quite a journey.
In March 2017 Helen's dad Barry went to hospital initially just for a routine hernia operation. A week later he was recovering from an emergency quadruple heart bypass.
“He had always been in excellent health. Throughout his life he completed over a dozen marathons and triathlons", said Helen.
“It was the most horrendous thing to know that someone you love dearly is fighting for their life. It was also a slap in the chops for me. I knew I had to do something about my weight and health to prevent the same happening to me but twenty years earlier.”
Helen has fought to lose seven stone since that day. She started running and even joined a local club to lose weight and improve her heart health.
“The 5K race at Jesus Green is such a perfect opportunity to carry on running and do something as a family. Of course knowing taking part helps the heart health of local community projects made it even more special to me.
“Dad is thrilled that I’m doing a 5K run. Both he and mum struggle to get around. It would be great if they were able to make it on the day but if not they’ll be so excited to hear all about it. Mille can’t wait to show off her medal to them and her school friends.
“I want to keep running and make dad proud. Today a 5K race. Who knows? Tomorrow a marathon just like dad!”
The Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5K fun run will take place at 12pm, Sunday 10 June, in Jesus Green. Online registrations are now closed. You can sign up on the day but arrive early as places are limited.
The 5K series takes a twist on the traditional 5K run by including the “Field of Fresh” challenge - a giant, inflatable obstacle course inspired by the Subway® stores menu which runners can enter at the 4.5K mark.
The family fun doesn’t just end at the finish line - families can also relax in the Family Village, open from 10.30am, which features free entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including free face-painting, music, games and more inflatable fun for children.
Children under 12 years old can participate for free with everyone else paying just £8 online if they register in advance or £10 on the day. This includes a free t-shirt, a free lunch from Subway® stores, a finisher’s medal and access to the Family Village which will host all the entertainment.
All sponsorship money raised by runners go towards the Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart grant scheme. This initiative provides up to £10,000 each to local projects across the UK, including in the Anglia region, that actively promotes helping heart health in the community.