Heart attack farmer completes marathon

A HEART attack scare was the wake-up call Frank Chislett needed to turn his life around and run his first marathon.

The 61-year-old farmer from Halifax, suffered a heart attack in 2007 and the shock of its onset made Frank shed three stone, take up running and change his diet.

After running three half marathons, he turned his attention to the Edinburgh marathon, which he completed in just over four hours, raising £1,000 for Overgate Hospice in memory of his sister who was cared for there.

“At 23 miles after turning a corner an almighty sea squall, terrific wind and torrential rain hit me full in the face,” says Frank, who also plays the accordion for German-themed band Bavarian Stompers.

“It was at this point I realised I had run continuously for some 24-odd miles without breaking stride so was determined to finish in the same vein and I did it. How cool is that?”

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