Greenhithe woman with heart condition to take on Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2018

Victoria Nevard, 25, plans to take part in a half marathon despite having a serious heart condition. Photo: Victoria Nevard

Victoria Nevard, 25, plans to take part in a half marathon despite having a serious heart condition. Photo: Victoria Nevard


A Greenhithe woman battling a debilitating heart condition is set to run in a half marathon to raise cash for the organisation that helps her and others like her.

Victoria Nevard decided to run in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation in October.

The 25-year-old told the Reporter: “I have an arrhythmia, heart murmur and the structure of my heart is too small and thick so makes it harder for blood to pump around.

“I chosing BHF because I want to make people aware of the difference it will make to people lives with conditions like mine.

“Help with research with regards to treatments and cures and make people more knowledgeable of the amazing work the charity does.”

The home administrator at Barchester Healthcare Homes is aiming for at least £700.

Victoria said: “This charity is very important to me, having a heart condition myself. Helping others is a big motivation.

“If I can achieve this with my condition, I can achieve anything.”

The tough training regime is already under way, and she has to pay special attention to her own heart during this time.

She said: “I am training hard, doing long runs on most evenings, rain or sun in Greenhithe.

“Most of these are with my boyfriend, who is also doing the same marathon, raising money for a charity very important to him.

Tristam Jones, head of events at the British Heart Foundation said: “Thanks to Victoria for joining the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Runners team. Without our supporters we cannot continue to fund life-saving research into heart disease and provide those affected with the care and support they need.”

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, claiming around 73,000 lives a year – that’s an average of 200 lives every day. Money raised from events such as the Royal Parks Foundation Marathon is currently helping to support over 1,000 research projects into heart disease around the UK. Progress is being made but there are still millions of adults and children who need help.

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