Martin’s marathon achievement – Ashtons director Martin England raises over £2,100 for charity in the Brighton Marathon

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On 14 April, our very own esteemed Pharmacy Services Director, Martin England, took part in his 10th Brighton Marathon, raising over £2,100 for the Msaada Marafiki charity. Incredibly, this is the 20th marathon Martin has successfully completed, and he is also one of only 100 people to have completed every Brighton marathon since its inception in 2010 – that’s a fantastic 10 out of 10!

Martin received special recognition for this outstanding achievement, including a special one-off medal and t-shirt to commemorate his extraordinary dedication over the last decade.

In completing so many marathons over the years, Martin has raised money for various worthwhile and noble causes and, although his finish times may be getting a little longer, his enthusiasm never wavers!

Medications and marathons

Running a marathon takes much preparation and it is especially important to consider what medications you are taking whilst training and on the day. NSAID medications should be avoided, as when combined with high intensity exercise, drugs such as larger doses of aspirin, Voltarol (diclofenac) and ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen) and naproxen can cause kidney problems and in very rare cases can also affect bowel function. This also applies to the use of creams for pain relief such as Voltarol and Ibuleve, so if pain relief is needed, it is better to use paracetamol instead.

Thyroxine, blood pressure medications and a number of mood stabilising drugs can also make you more susceptible to heat stroke or collapse. Some drugs used to dry up runny noses, containing pseudoephedrine or oxymetazoline, can also increase your blood pressure and interfere with the heart’s electrical circuitry. It should be noted that some of these medications need to be avoided for several days after the marathon.

Runners who take any of these medicines regularly should consult with their GPs if they intend to take part in a marathon.

Hydration is an important factor when running a marathon, and it is well known that drinking too little water can cause ill health from dehydration. However, it is equally important not to drink too much, as this can put you at risk of hyponatraemia (low salt levels).

Msaada Marafiki

Msaada Marafiki, translated as ‘Helping Friends’, is a charity set up by our Clinical Director, Yachna Tak that works to provide destitute children and young people in Kenya with the opportunity of furthering their education or pursuing vocational training.

The team at Msaada Marafiki liaise with local community leaders to identify potential beneficiaries and their volunteers provide mentoring, advice and financial support to enable the young people to become independent and have the best start in their adult life.

Well done Martin – this is an amazing achievement to help a cause close to our hearts.

If you would like to congratulate Martin and donate to Yachna’s charity, all you need to do is visit Martin’s fundraising page on the Just Giving website.

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