'How my marathon training helped save my life' - Jimmy Harte

Democrat columnist will officially start Sunday's North West 10k

Jimmy Harte


Jimmy Harte


Marathon running save my life - Jimmy Harte.

Runners taking part in last year's North West 10k in Letterkenny

Donegal Democrat columnist Jimmy Harte will perform the official start of this Sunday’s North West 10 charity road race in Letterkenny.  

In his ‘Harte of the Matter’ column this week, Jimmy reveals how medical staff told him that his physical fitness gained from running marathons helped him survive a serious head injury sustained in a fall back in November 2013.

Here’s Jimmy’s column this week:  

I have been asked to signal the start of the North West 10k this Sunday in Letterkenny.

It's a fantastic event and many hundreds will take part on a day when funding is raised and awareness of the problems that people encounter on a daily basis is made.  

My love of this sport goes back to the 80's when I did my first Dublin marathon. It's a love of running and getting over the finishing line. Only those who take part in a marathon appreciate its importance and the same goes for a 10k. It's a real achievement to cross that finishing line.

My medical team in Beaumont Hospital told me that it was my marathon training which helped me stay alive after my accident in 2013. They said that the fitness from running allowed for a much better recovery during the early stages in hospital. I completed ten marathons in all and I really miss the buzz of running. I only ever did Dublin and London but I'm not finished yet!!  

Jimmy Harte on his way to the finish in the Dublin Marathon

Running is a tough business and it's really a race when you hit the wall, usually at about 20 miles in marathons. People who you ran with for over 3 hours just disappear and you are on your own to finish one of the biggest battles of your life. One of the people who I get great inspiration from is Peter McGlynn. He has completed about 200 marathons. He underwent a heart operation six years ago - but it  hasn’t slowed him down.

I will be at the starting line on Sunday with many many athletes who will be hoping  for sub 40 minutes and the other 90% who aim to cross the finishing line in one piece!

This year's 10k race is in aid of Breastcare North West and Diabetes Ireland, two very worthwhile charities. So go on give it a lash and help deserving charities, have a fun day out and try to get a little fitter as well.

Roll on Sunday!!