Glyn runs for ICU

glyn-sealAs a former Marathon and Ultra Marathon runner, Glyn Seal was a fairly fit 60 year old until he was struck down in September 2014 with Streptococcal pneumonia on both lungs. He was in hospital for exactly 4 months – 11 weeks in Intensive Care Units.

Glyn said “But for the miracles performed by the staff of North Devon Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital ICUs I would have died.

With their help, and with the help of a legion of physiotherapists, friends, employers, wife and family I have regained a near normal life.  I can “run” again, although an athletic snail could run me close.

When somebody saves your life it is a debt that is impossible to repay.  Nevertheless I intend to repay something on account by raising funds for the two ICUs by running the Greater Manchester Marathon.”

The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon is on 2 April, at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club.

Glyn said “The choice of Manchester as the venue is significant:-

  1. The course is flat and has a very long cut off time – something that is essential with my now knackered lungs.
  1. I was a student in Manchester 40 odd years ago.
  1. The 2nd April 2017 will be the 38th anniversary of my being admitted as a solicitor.
  1. It is exactly 10 years and 1 day since I last came out of retirement and ran my last Marathon!”

The monies received by the two ICUs will be used to provide equipment for patients and their families at a time of crisis.

All wired up at North Devon hospital ICU. Things got far more sci-fi when I got to the Royal Brompton!

Over and Above Hospital Fundraiser Julie Whitton said “Glyn has made a remarkable recovery thanks to his pure determination and energy, together with the treatment and care he received from the staff at North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Brompton.  We are very fortunate to have excellent staff at our hospital providing the very best care.  We will use the money raised by Glyn to help support other patients being cared for in our Intensive Care Unit.”

You can support Glyn by logging onto his donor page at

If you would like to take on a challenge and give your support to the hospital charity Over and Above, or want to find out more, please visit; and the charity’s facebook page or contact the North Devon District Hospital Fundraising Team on 01271 311772 or email