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London Marathon 2018: Hornchurch headmaster running for charity that supported former pupil

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 April 2018

Chris Hobson, head teacher of Whybridge Junior School and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust who will be running in the London Marathon

Chris Hobson, head teacher of Whybridge Junior School and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust who will be running in the London Marathon

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Headmaster and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust, Chris Hobson, was inspired to run the London Marathon after he was diagnosed with the same heart condition that a 12-year-old pupil died of.

Chris Hobson, head teacher of Whybridge Junior School and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust who will be running in the London MarathonChris Hobson, head teacher of Whybridge Junior School and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust who will be running in the London Marathon

Chris was shocked when he discovered a former pupil died in 2009 shortly after finishing a cross country run from familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited form of high cholesterol.

Two years later, Chris was diagnosed with the same condition. He said: “Myself, my brother and sister all had the test and even though I was the fittest and healthiest, my cholesterol was 9.7 and theirs was normal. I was a heart attack waiting to happen.”

Jules Payne, CEO of Heart UK added: “Heart UK has been campaigning for a national screening programme to help find FH. More than 90pc of people with FH don’t know they have the condition.”

To support Chris visit, uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristopherHobson1

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