Belfast Telegraph

Father and son with same heart condition ready for 5k charity run

By Claire Williamson

They are the father and son who were diagnosed with the same heart condition after a death in the family.

Now the Ballymena pair are taking part in the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k fun run in order to raise funds for charity.

After Cliffy Adams' mother died at the age of 66, he underwent tests and realised that both he and later his son Kyle (10) – had a condition called supraventricular tachycardia, which is an irregular heartbeat.

There are heart problems right through the family as his uncles on his mother's side also suffered from the same illness.

The 35-year-old from Galgorm was off work for eight months with the heart condition and said his period of recuperation at home was a turning point for him to get fit and become more active.

He said: "I was advised not to do anything and I ended up with me putting on weight and everything, so that was the turning point.

"At its worst my heart was so irregular and started to get to dangerous levels, but it has settled down now.

"Kyle and I did a three-mile run about two years ago, but we're looking forward to doing the Belfast 5k.

"The doctors felt he was too young to be given lots of medication at his age, so this is a good way of keeping fit."

Cliffy added: "This is a charity close to my heart so there is no better thing to be raising money for than research into heart disease. I hope more people will sign up for the event on Sunday."

Returning to Ormeau Park for a third year, the run is open to all ages and abilities with participants encouraged to walk, run or push their way around the course.

Event ambassador, Ulster and Ireland rugby star Tommy Bowe, said he was "honoured" to be a part of the event.

He said: "It really is a worthwhile initiative and I hope the 5k will inspire families to get active together whilst helping to make them aware of the importance of heart health.

"It's so easy to register, just go to the website to get involved and I promise you'll have a fun family day out in return."

Kids under 12 go free and early bird registrations for the rest of the family are £5.99 each.

The Subway 5k event is to raise money for Heart Research UK to support its Healthy Heart Grant scheme.

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