Thousands took to the muddy obstacle course within the grounds of Gosforth Park Racecourse on the 22 and 23 October for The Newcastle Stampede, in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Harry Vaulkhard, 31, from Newcastle, was one of around 1,700 who joined the fight against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. 

Harry said, “In 2014 I was out on my mountain bike in Northumberland with my dad and my brother when sadly our father fell from his bike and suffered a fatal heart attack. We called 999 and it took 35 minutes to get a Sea King helicopter through the fog to our location. Between my brother, two friends and I, we managed to keep our fathers heart beating but sadly he died of oxygen starvation to his brain the following day.

Harry continues, “All of the people involved in the rescue and the hospital staff were absolutely fantastic and I wanted to give something back and hopefully try and save lives going forward by helping fund the BHF’s life saving research into heart disease.”

Harry has set up a Just Giving Page and has already raised an amazing £1,130, which is well over his £540 target for the British Heart Foundation. To sponsor Harry you can click on his page here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Harry-Vaulkhard1

BHF Event Manager, Leanne Postlethwaite, added: “We are thankful to fantastic BHF Heart Runners like Harry who take part in events like the Newcastle Stampede and I’m sure Harry’s dad would be extremely proud of what he has achieved. I’d also like to thank everyone who supported our runners and our volunteers – the atmosphere was incredible, with over 1,700 people coming together to take on this challenge and join our fight against heart disease.

“BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years from transforming treatments for heart attack to pioneering the surgical techniques that ensure most babies now survive congenital heart disease. However heart and circulatory disease is still responsible for a quarter of all UK deaths and seven million people currently live with its burden.”