I had a heart attack – after finishing my charity ride
The organiser of a 40-kilometre fundraising cycle ride for the British Heart Foundation was in hospital within 24 hours of completing the challenge – after suffering a mild heart attack.
And the irony was not lost on 65-year-old Lincoln Bentley Hotel director Ian Wootton after he staged the second annual event for 39 friends, family and staff.
Because the first event in 2012 had been organised for the BHF in response to Mr Wootton's first heart scare three years ago.
Mr Wootton had a stent fitted in 2010 after he was diagnosed with angina and less than two years later raised £2,400 for the charity by joining in last year's event.
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He said he had no reason to believe he would have a problem tackling the 2013 longer 25-mile route.
"The BHF do a great job with their research and it's important to support them," he added.
"When I went to the doctor three years ago short of breath I was told I had angina, had a stent fitted in my heart and I've been fine since.
"But the day after the ride on Sunday, August 11, I had terrible pains in my arm and went to hospital.
"I was sent home, but was called back by the Monday lunchtime because they had the results of the tests and scans.
"This time I was very lucky in that I only had a mild heart attack.
"Now I'm watching my food portions, eat much more healthily – and I have cut back on the alcohol.
"I have a gym at home, so it's 30 minutes a day covering seven miles on the exercise bike and then 10 minutes on the rowing machine.
"And my golf is more important now because it's a minimum five-mile walk around the course once a week."
Wife Carole, a familiar face at the Bentley, confirmed that her husband had taken the heart attack as a warning.
"All the family were really worried about Ian because after he had the treatment three years ago he thought he was untouchable," she said.
"It's completely changed his attitude to life because his body's sent him a serious message to slow down."
Helena Mair, fundraising volunteer manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Ian has been on an incredible journey and his story is a real inspiration.
"His efforts in the saddle have raised vital funds for our ground-breaking research and mean we can help prevent others from suffering a heart attack like his own.
"Without people like Ian, the nation's heart charity would not be able to continue its life-saving work in Lincolnshire and beyond."