Brave Mexborough runner’s latest challenge

Marathon man Sean Rodgers, of Mexborough.
Marathon man Sean Rodgers, of Mexborough.

A brave runner whose heart stopped for a full 15 minutes after suffering a cardiac failure is set to take on a unique fitness challenge to raise money for charity.

Sean Rodgers, 45, suffered a cardiac arrest in 2009 while in bed after completing a training run and was saved by his wife Maria who gave him chest compressions.

The determined dad-of-two discovered he had a rare heart condition, similar to that of former footballer Fabrice Muamba, and was fitted with a defibrillator.

But the fitness fanatic has not let the condition slow him down and he is in training for the Ironman Wales competition on September 14.

The Pembrokeshire race involves a 2.5m open water swim, 11.2m cycle ride before finishing off with a gruelling 26.2m marathon - all within a time limit of 17 hours.

Mr Rodgers said: “I am sure it will be tough, probably one of the toughest challenges I have ever done but I’m looking forward to it.

“When I fell ill it changed my life. I have always been into running but I wanted to do even more and raise as much as I can for charity.”

He has raised more than £3000 in the last five years for a range of heart charities through completing marathons, half-marathons and other fitness challenges.

He will be joined at the Ironman by fellow amateur athletes, bank worker Chris Whitehead, of Wath, and steelworker Matt Harvey, of Rawmarsh, both 30.

They are hoping to raise a few hundred pounds for the Dr. Ted charity, which is collecting donations to upgrade children’s wards at Rotherham General Hospital. To donate visit