Brave Mexborough dad set for training over Christmas

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

A brave Mexborough runner whose heart stopped beating for 15 minutes after suffering a cardiac failure is in training for a marathon on New Year’s Day.

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

The father-of-two was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and was fitted with a defibrillator. But he has not let it slow him down and he is taking on the Liverbird Marathon in Liverpool on January 1.

He said: “I will have to watch the food and drink and I’m planning a ten mile run on Christmas Day.”

Proceeds will go to the Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal for youngsters in Rotherham Hospital.