I don't like running. I'm not very good at running. I'd much rather swim. Therein lies the challenge. I don't think I've ever ran much further than a 1.5 mile fitness test.

However in April 2022 I was diagnosed with Haemochromatosis, withdrawn from flying, underwent weekly venesection for 3 months, and after a long year, in January 2023 was cleared back to flying once more.

So I have decided to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon on 2 April 2023, roughly a year after I was diagnosed to mark my return to full fitness and also to give back to the charity that gave me a lot of support throughout it all.

If you feel so moved, please do donate and support an amazing charity which does some amazing work in raising awareness about one of the most common but least known conditions in the UK. Thank you!


About haemochromatosis and HUK:

Genetic haemochromatosis is the UK's most common inherited genetic condition, directly affecting over 380,000 people.

Although it is commonplace, the condition is signifcantly under-diagnosed in the UK. Untreated, the condition can lead to iron overload, where the body is unable to process excess iron. Excess iron is extremely toxic. Genetic haemochromatosis can cause liver disease, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, severe joint pain, sexual health issues and neurological issues. Early diagnosis saves lives.

We work to support people affected by genetic haemochromatosis and improve diagnosis and treatment. Alexander Barker