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News - 6th November 2019

Andrew gives up PB chance to help runner in trouble

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As a parkrunner you’ll know how satisfying it is to set a new personal best time. When you cross the finish line it’s a great feeling to know all your training has paid off.

 

But when #TeamARUK runner Andrew Dowling didn’t achieve his goal of a new PB at the Dublin Half Marathon he wasn’t disappointed as he’d done something much more important.

 

The 34-year-old from South Wales had been on track for a top time when, at mile 12, he saw another runner collapse.

 

As a trained first-aider, Andrew put his own running goal to one side and stopped to make sure the man was safe until he was taken to hospital.

 

He went on to finish the race in one hour and 42 minutes.

 

Andrew posted about what happened on Strava and was amazed when another runner put him in touch with the person he had helped, Thibault Maire.

 

Thibault, who had been kept in hospital overnight but was given the all-clear in the morning, had also posted on Strava to say how thankful he was.

 

The pair exchanged messages and Thibault made a 100 Euros donation to Andrew’s fundraising page.

 

Andrew said: “If you see someone else struggling like that your instinct is to just stop and help them.

 

“I’m so glad he was okay. I felt a little overwhelmed when I saw his post on Strava.”

 

Thibault said: “The fact that he put aside his PB to help me is a true sign of his sportsmanship.”

 

Andrew ran the race in memory of his uncle and the father of a close friend who both died with dementia. He raised £650 for pioneering research, smashing his target of £250.

 

If you are inspired by Andrew’s story, why not sign up for a running event for Alzheimer’s Research UK? We are accepting applications for next year’s races.

 

Or if, like Andrew, you have your own place in an event, you can also use it to support us.

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