Paul Willgoss – CHF trustee has praised parents and supporters of children born with heart conditions as he took on the London Marathon this month.
Paul, who was born with the heart condition Tetralogy of Fallot, received many messages of support including via facebook and twitter which spurred him onto successfully complete the 26-mile run.
Now Paul will continue to amaze the heart community by taking on further gruelling challenges this year, including running the Liverpool Marathon in his home town in May and a 30-mile ultramarathon in the Peak District in June.
Paul Willgoss says “Running the London Marathon was made even more special by all of the encouragement from the congenital heart community – knowing I was being willed on by parents I’ve talked to has helped keep me going.
“London is the training platform for the rest of the year, I’m hoping that it’ll provide the platform for the ultras I’ve got planned and my local Liverpool Marathon”.
This year marks 40 years since Paul had his first open heart surgery and he is as determined as ever to show that those born with heart conditions can take part and enjoy sport and physical activities.
Next Sunday Paul is hoping to be chosen by outdoor clothing company Berghaus to compete as part of their team at an exciting challenge in the French Alps resort, Chamonix. Paul is down to the last one hundred people shortlisted and will attend a special day in London where the final team will be chosen.
Donate to Paul here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/apoundayear and follow his exciting challenges by reading his blog at http://walkingforheartkids.blogspot.co.uk.