A TEAM from a Shipston charity is preparing to take to the starting line of the UK’s biggest 10k run.

Nova, the organisers of the Bupa Great Manchester Run which takes place on Sunday, May 26, has chosen to support Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts & Goals campaign.

The charity’s cause aims to tackle sudden cardiac arrest by placing life-saving publicaccess automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across the country.

Retired professional footballer Fabrice Muamba, who is partnering with the charity for the campaign after his sudden cardiac arrest last March, is the honorary starter for the race, which will have 40,000 runners taking part.

Organisers have given 25 places in the race for Hearts & Goals, including a team of four from Arrhythmia Alliance, who are hoping to raise £1,000.

Steve Hayes, a member of Team A-A, said: “It’s great to have Arrhythmia Alliance associated with such a major event and to have Fabrice as the honorary starter to kick things off.

“There should be an amazing atmosphere on the day with about 40,000 runners taking part. Hearts & Goals is all about tackling sudden cardiac arrest, the UK’s biggest killer, and with Fabrice as an inspiration and the help of fund-raisers, we’ve already been able to place life-saving AEDs up and down the country.”

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