HE battled back from a heart attack to complete the Great North Run - and now a pub landlord is set to race on the roads again.
Steve Bell, 51, landlord of the Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland, suffered a sudden heart attack in April last year.
But determined Steve didn’t let his health trouble stop him from running the Great North Run just five months later when he completed the 13.1 mile run and raised money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
The heart attack triggered Steve to change his lifestyle and the former 20-a-day smoker hasn’t had one cigarette since.
And now he is in training for his next challenge, the Bupa Great Manchester Run, which is Europe’s biggest 10k race, in May.
Steve, who runs the pub with his partner Mandy Jackson, 50, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 14, said: “It’s another chance for me to prove I’m getting fitter all of the time.
“I got round the Great North Run but I walked some of it, my aim was just to complete it.
“But I’m fitter now and this gives me a target so I can make sure I continue with the training.”
Steve thanked physios at James Cook University Hospital and experts at fitness classes run by Hartlepool Borough Council for helping him back to fitness after his heart attack.
He added: “I’m feeling a lot better in myself and I feel really healthy at the minute.
“To be honest I feel a lot better for my change in lifestyle.
“I felt fine before my heart attack but you never know what’s round the corner.”