Christina Gabbitas to run ten 10k races in aid of heart charity

York Press: Christina Gabbitas at the Hull 10k Christina Gabbitas at the Hull 10k

A POET and author from Selby is running ten 10km races in ten months to support a national charity.

Christina Gabbitas has written several books about her creation Felicity Fly, which aims to improve children’s listening and reading as well as memories, and is taking on the challenge to mark the tenth anniversary of Arrhythmia Alliance.

The charity works to reduce deaths caused by cardiac arrhythmia - a heart rhythm complication which was brought to the public's attention last year when Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane from sudden cardiac arrest.

Christina received a high five from Muamba at a 10km run he launched following his illness, and decided to complete the challenge in memory of two family members who suffered with the condition.

She said: "My grandfather was taken suddenly age 44 with arrhythmia, and my uncle aged 59, neither of them were overweight.

"After witnessing Fabrice Muamba’s ordeal on TV, I felt goosebumps and decided that I could perhaps help, by raising awareness and funds and keep in trim at the same time, by setting a goal."

Christina’s first 10k was in Walkington last week, and was also her first ever 10km ten years ago. She will also complete the 10km in York next month, followed by the Leeds Abbey Dash, and runs in Beverley, Hull, Manchester and Lancashire.

The charity, which is made up of patients, professionals and care providers, promotes the early diagnosis and management of the condition, and provide advice and equipment to help keep the public safe.

A spokesman for Arryhthmia Alliance said: "Our aim is for defibrillators to be as commonplace as fire extinguishers.We are very grateful to all our supporters and wish Christina luck with her 10k series."

To support Christina, go to virginmoneygiving.com/christinagabbitas

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