Bardwell athlete is back on track after heart attack setback
A former athlete who suffered a heart attack in 2012 is planning to make her comeback this weekend.
Angie Underdown is preparing to run the London 2 Cambridge 100km Ultra Challenge tomorrow – her first event in four years.
She has been given the go-ahead by doctors and says she is ‘making up for lost time’ by going straight in at a 100km event.
The mother-of-three, who won her first British Masters Championships’ title in 2006 and went on to compete in both the European and World Masters, said her heart attack – caused by pulmonary stenosis – had a ‘huge impact’ on her life.
“I was devastated. To be told not to run when that’s all I’ve ever done had a huge impact – I gave up my nursing career, well, put it on hold, but now I’m back.
“Just before Christmas I struggled to run up the road so I’m doing really well – it’s all at a steady pace.
“My family are a bit worried but I feel ready to go and, because I want to enjoy it, I’m going to make the most of the food, rest and massage stops, and just enjoy the atmosphere.
“In a way, it’s the beginning of another chapter.”
The 50-year-old, from Bardwell, is aiming to complete the event in 12-15 hours and will be raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which cared for a friend of hers last year and is currently treating another.
She hopes to raise £2,000 and hosted a darts tournament and a tea party last week to help boost funds. In August, she will also be heading to Iceland to trek two marathons over two days.
“I’m just getting out and enjoying it really – life couldn’t be better,” she said.
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