April 23, 2013 1.48 pm This story is over 126 months old

Lincoln cardiologist raised £4.5k for charity at London Marathon

Hearty race: A Lincoln heart consultant ran for British Heart Foundation in the London Marathon, raising thousands for the charity.

A top Lincoln cardiologist ran alongside British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heart Runners team in the London Marathon last weekend, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Lincoln County Hospital’s Consultant Interventional Cardiologist David O’Brien ran the 2013 Virgin London Marathon in 4 hours and 8 minutes.

He managed to raise £4,500 for heart charity British Heart Foundation, helping the overall running team make just over £800,000.

The money raised by the Heart Runners will go towards fighting coronary heart disease, a big killer in the UK.

David O’Brien said: “I wanted to run because I am a cardiologist at Lincoln County Hospital, and I see the terrible effects of heart disease in my day to day work.

“Running the London Marathon was a massive challenge and an incredible experience. The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and I’m proud to have been part of the BHF Heart Runners team.

“Knowing I was running for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.”

Head of Events at BHF Nancy Prior said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the Heart Runners and their sponsors for their support. Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.”