Raise a glass to an ‘inspiration’

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

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A PUB landlord who suffered a health scare has become a sporting ambassador by bouncing back to top fitness.

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

Steve Bell, 51, who is the landlord of the Fisherman’s Arms on the Headland, competed in last year’s Great North Run just five months after having a heart attack.

Since then, he has cycled coast to coast, completed the Miles for Men event and signed up for the Great North Run again.

His incredible achievements have earned him a nomination for the Hartlepool Mail sports awards in the special achievement category.

The nomination came from Steve’s friend Andy Booth who said: “Steve has been an inspiration to myself and others. He suffered a heart attack last year and within that time has built his fitness level up to such a degree that he has run the Great North Run and is again this year.

“He has done Miles for Men, cycled the coast to coast and is an ambassador and takes part every week in the Hartlepool Park run. He inspires those around him to participate by his positive attitude and philosophy of “ if I can do it, so can you” all while running his own business. Keep up the great work Steve.”

Steve was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, after he woke up with chest pains, in April last year.

Despite suffering no other symptoms, Steve was told he had suffered a heart attack and taken for an emergency procedure to fit a stent to widen the coronary arteries.

But he recovered and went on to take part in the famous half marathon.

We want more nominations. We want to honour people from well-established names to those who rarely

get the recognition they deserve.

But we can not do that unless you come forward with your favourites.

It could be a name we have all heard of or someone who has never once made the headlines. Every one of them could be worthy of an honour.

This year’s sports awards is searching for the very best in fields from team of the year to the lifetime achievement award. The full list is below.

There’s plenty of time to put forward your favourites before we announce the deadline for entries. Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale in early October.

There’s a long way to do before we get to that stage – and that means there’s plenty of time for you to come forward with your favourities.

lFill in the application form in today’s paper or go online and fill in the form at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk, and go to the sports section.