‘In 2011 I blacked out at around mile 24
of the Virgin London Marathon course and was put on a
stretcher by St John Ambulance first aiders. I was suffering from
hyperthermia which is when the body fails to
control its temperature. It can lead to heatstroke, which
is potentially fatal.
The first aiders put me on oxygen. My temperature was worryingly
high, so they sponged me down with cold water to bring me back to
normal levels. I remember being very confused.
While I rested, and was given first aid, St John Ambulance
volunteer Trish Norman stayed with me to make sure I was OK.
Without this help, I could have been in a dangerous
situation. It has since inspired me to learn first aid. In
2012 I dedicated my second attempt at the Virgin London
Marathon to St John Ambulance as a way of saying thank
you. I managed to complete it without needing any help this