Airedale consultant sets his sights on London marathon
A consultant from Airedale Hospital will soon be joining 1000’s of others as he gears up to run the legendary London Marathon.
Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Chris Healey, who lives in Steeton, is running the Marathon for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice on 22 April.
This year the official starter for the marathon will be Her Majesty the Queen and Dr Healey will join 40,000 other entrants on the 26.2 mile course which ends on the Mall.
Dr Healey took up running in 2008 and did his first marathon in 2012. He is one of the founding members of the hospital running club, the Airedale Dodgers.
Dr Healey says:
“Our hospital running club, the Airedale Dodgers, has had a relationship with Sue Ryder since 2010 and for the first few years we entered the Great North Run, and we managed to raise between £8-10,000 for them. For the last 2 years though we have run the Solstice Saunter in Bolton Abbey, we raised £10,000 the first year and £15,000 last year. So as part of that relationship I had an opportunity to have one of their charity places and I felt that is about to fall apart so I needed to get it out of the way now before I got any older, so I thought I’d try have a go at it this year.
It’s been quite fun in the build-up because I managed to have an operation done on my toe which stopped my training for a short while, so I should just about be able to get round!.”
Dr Healey explains why he has chosen to support and fundraise for Manorlands over the last 10 years:
“Throughout my career as a doctor I have been aware of the importance of high quality palliative care for patients and their carers when faced with advance disease and Manorlands and Sue Ryder are an exemplar of such care.”
Dr Healey is hoping to reach his fundraising target of £1,750 by the day of the race, in 6 days time. To support him go to