360 Marian 5km returns as heart charity fundraiser following club members near death experience

The annual 360 Marina 5km road race along Swansea promenade returns for its second year, this year as a fundraising event for leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – in honour of club member Timothy Butt who survived a sudden cardiac arrest earlier this year.

Following the sell-out success of the inaugural 360 Marina 5km where 100 runners took part, the event returns on Saturday 15th March 2014 with an extension from Swansea Council enabling the race to host 250 participants.

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Through the events popularity, organisers, Swansea Trotters, have seen an opportunity to expand and introduce a charity cause close to the clubs heart.

Steven M. Jones, Club President & Event Organiser, said:

“Our club is built on friendship, so to turn the race into a fundraiser in tribute of Tim was a no-brainer; the news of his cardiac arrest shook us all, so to be able to raise awareness of the condition through supporting CRY is highly important to us.

I was blown away by the success of the 5km in its first year; we had a fantastic turn-out and a professionally run event thanks to the team and my fellow organiser Richard Mann; building from this success I strongly believe we will reach the 250 attendee mark in March.

In addition, we are hugely grateful to 360 Beach & Watersports & Swansea Council for enabling us to put on the race for the second year running and to Swansea University and CRY for their support and collaboration.”

When asked what it meant to him to have the race act as a charity event for CRY, Timothy Butt, Swansea University Graduate & Cardiac arrest survivor, said:

“I am delighted and extremely grateful that the event is being held in support of the charity CRY, a charity that I fully support.

This is just one example of how the Swansea Trotters family have really supported me as a member and my recovery from my cardiac arrest. I would like to thank the club, the members and the organisers for their hard work to put on the event. I am really looking forward to the run.”

Alison Cox MBE, Chief Executive and Founder of CRY, added:

“It takes great courage and determination for anyone who has been affected by young sudden cardiac death – whether a bereaved family or a young person who has been diagnosed with a heart problem – to be able to see beyond their own situation and to want to raise funds for CRY and to help us increase awareness of our work, including screening, advice and support.

“Thankfully, due to the increasing success of screening, awareness and diagnosis, we are now working with more and more young people, such as Tim, who were suddenly found to have a potentially life-threatening heart condition, when they believed they were fit and healthy.

“On behalf of all of us at CRY, I would like to say a huge “thank you” to Tim and the Swansea Trotters for their recognition and support for us and we wish them every luck in their fundraising event”

Speaking on being involved with the event for its second year, Kate Hannington, General Manager, 360 Beach & Watersports, said:

“Following the success of this year’s Swansea Trotters Marina 5km, 360 are thrilled to be hosting the event for the second time in March 2014. It’s a fantastic event which promotes sport & activity on Swansea Bay.

If you’re running you can use our free shower & changing facilities & if you’re spectating then get the best view of the start / finish line from our Cafe Bar.”

Online registration opens on the 1st October; participants can register and find out more information at https://swanseatrotters.com/360-marina-5k-register/. There will be a small fee of £5 to register, this will support the organisation of the event, as well as provide a donation to the CRY charity.

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Notes for Editors:

About Swansea Trotters:

  • Swansea Trotters is the official alumni club for graduates of Swansea University’s Athletics and Cross Country Club & Triathlon Club. Founded in January 2012, Swansea Trotters was established as a means for graduates to reconnect with former teammates, organise reunion events, and as an outlet to keep in touch and provide a support network for the current University Team’s.
  • Images from last year’s 360 Marina 5k are available for use via http://www.flickr.com/photos/swanseatrotters/sets/72157633018004539/
  • For more information visit http://www.swanseatrotters.com

About CRY:

  • CRY was founded in May 1995. As well as campaigning and lobbying and the provision of its subsidised cardiac screening programme for young people (35 and under), the charity also provides counselling support to bereaved families and young individuals who may be diagnosed.
  • Every week in the UK, around 12 young people (under the age of 35) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.  80% of these deaths will occur with no prior symptom – which is why CRY believes that screening is so vitally important.
  • CRY’s screening programme now tests around 12,000 young people across the UK every year and one in every 300 of the young people that CRY tests, will be identified with a potentially life threatening condition.
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is an umbrella term for a number of different heart conditions that affect fit and healthy people which, if not treated can result in a dramatic and or / spontaneous death. In about one in 20 cases of sudden cardiac death, no recognised cause can be found – even after post-mortem. This is then called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
  • CRY also tests many of the leading UK athletes. This includes the vast majority of the Olympic Athletes (GB Rowing, GB Cycling, GB Swimming, GB Diving, UK Athletics), Football Teams such as Manchester City, England Cricket The Lawn Tennis Association players and SKY Cycling to name just a few.

For more information, visit: http://www.c-r-y.org.uk

Please contact Steven M. Jones on 07425143981 or swanseatrotters@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

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