Tony Backhurst, boss of successful dive holiday operator Tony Backhurst Scuba, ran the London Marathon on 17 April â€“ in aid of a charity which supports people at risk from serious allergic reactions.
Tony Backhurst (front) with Max Bevan, his companion for the London Marathon
Tony, 56, wishes to raise money for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, launched 11 years ago by a friend, David Reading, whose 17-year-old daughter Sarah died from an allergy to peanut. She had eaten lemon meringue pie in a shop restaurant.
Anaphylaxis involves over-reaction of the immune system. Blood pressure falls and the sufferer can quickly lose consciousness. Triggers include foods (eg nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs), insect stings and medications.
â€œAnaphylaxis is serious, but itâ€™s manageable,â€? Tony told Divernet. â€œFamilies can learn to cope well so long as they have high-quality information and guidance. Unfortunately they canâ€™t always get it from the NHS because allergy services are so poor right across the country. But they can get it from the Anaphylaxis Campaign.â€?
Tony keeps fit through activities including mountain biking. But this was his first marathon, tackled with a local friend, Max Bevan. Tony had trained for the run since last May, and was pleased to finish the 26 miles in 4hrs 40min.
To donate to Tonyâ€™s run, contact him at Tony Backhurst Scuba in Cranleigh, Surrey, tel. 01483 271765, email firstname.lastname@example.org Eaton Publications, publisher of Diver magazine and Divernet, is making its own contribution to the campaign.
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