Lucy’s capital challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:56 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

A WOMAN who was born with a hole in the heart is set to run five kilometres for charity.

A WOMAN who was born with a hole in the heart is set to run five kilometres for charity.

Lucy Howell, 24, from Langley Gardens, Petts Wood, is taking part in the British heart Foundation's Hyde Park Jog on April 14.

She was born with a hole in the heart or septal defect, meaning that blood can leak between chambers in the heart.

Although Lucy was always active and sporty when she was at school, she began having chest pains and palpitations a few years ago.

After undergoing further surgery in 2007 she is now on the road back to fitness, and has just completed a sport relief run in preparation for the 5k fun run in Hyde Park.

She said: "I feel amazing to get back into it after two years.

"Although I still get some heart murmurs, I am really looking forward to the Hyde Park run."

The courageous jogger will be one of 1,700 people who have signed up to the event, which is one of three British Heart Foundation jogs across London this Spring and Summer.

To get involved with one of the jogs, visit, or to sponsor Lucy Howell on her run go to

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