Attacking it: Rob gets on his bike for heart charity
1:56pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A man who suffered a heart attack has defied the odds and completed a 52-mile bike journey.
Rob Willcox, of Bury New Road, Heap Bridge, suffered the attack at the age of 31 while driving home after playing football.
Mr Willcox, now aged 33, had two stents fitted after a blood clot had formed in one of the arteries of the heart.
He was shocked to be told he had suffered a heart attack, as regularly exercised and played football for the Duck Club in the Bury and District Sunday League.
Last weekend, he completed a gruelling Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, to help raise funds and assist their research into heart disease.
The nocturnal ride, which started at the Trafford Centre, took just over four hours for him to reach the seaside destination, and now has plans to complete the journey again next year.
Rob said: “It was great. I just have a bit of a sore bottom now. The time was pretty much what I expected, so I was pleased with that.
“I had done a lot of training to deal with the hills, so probably the hardest part was the flat land because my knees were killing me!”
He added: “The atmosphere over the weekend was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this amazing challenge. Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.”
Rob has raised nearly £200, and anyone wishing to donate can visit www.justgiving.com /robert-willcox
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