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Walking rugby gives Coventry man new lease of life after heart attack

Coventry Editorial 5th Dec, 2022   0

A MAN who was hospitalised with a heart attack this time last year will be celebrating a new lease of life this Christmas after joining free walking rugby sessions in Coventry helped with his recovery.

Mark Harrison suffered his health scare just before Christmas last year, a wake-up call leaving him feeling the need to get himself in shape.

In January, he began sessions run by Coventry Rugby Club’s community team, recapturing his love for playing the sport having not stepped foot on a pitch for 35 years.

Just under a year on he’s stopped taking his heart medication, losing almost three stone and making many new friends through a hot drink and a chat before and after sessions.




The non-contact sessions take place every Tuesday morning at the Alan Higgs Centre between 10.30am and midday.

They are designed for men and women over 50 who are looking to stay active and sociable.


Mark said: “After the heart attack I decided I needed to get fit and sort my health out.

“It’s helped my physical health, I’ve lost a lot of weight, but it’s also helped my mental health.

“After the heart attack I was fed up, but since taking up walking rugby I’m healthier, I’ve met a lot of new friends.

“It’s brilliant, I’ve had a great time. I’ve gained new skills and even discovered I still have muscles I thought I’d lost years ago.

“For anyone thinking about coming along that is unsure I’d say just give it a try, you have nothing to lose.”

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