Paul triumphs on road to recovery

Paul Hamer taking part in the Long March 2014
Paul Hamer taking part in the Long March 2014

A man triumphed over adversity to complete a marathon walk less than four months after having a heart attack.

Late last year Paul Hamer, of Mitchell Street, Brighouse, started preparations for the Long March, a 26-mile night-time walk around Calderdale on Easter Sunday.

But his plans suffered a serious setback when he had a heart attack on Christmas Eve.

Paul was determined not to be beaten and, after a period of recuperation, he was given the all-clear to return to the gym.

Slowly but surely he built up his fitness levels and got to the stage where he was able to take part in the event last weekend.

“I was feeling fit and fine in the run-up to it, so I decided to give it a go,” he said.

“I went on a practice walk with my brother and was OK with it, and of course I knew I could drop out at any time, but I managed to complete it.

“I finished in just about nine hours. I was happy with that time.

“It isn’t like the London Marathon, where it’s all flat. This is a much hillier route than I have ever done before.”

In addition, Paul managed to raise more than £600 in sponsorship for the event, organised by Christian Aid to support developing countries.

It was the second time Paul has completed the Long March.

He took part in 2011 before being diagnosed with myocarditis later that year.

Paul, who said he was feeling fit and well after the event apart from a few aches and pains, thanked everybody who sponsored him.