Harry Redknapp playing vital London Marathon role after past heart problems

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Ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is back in management for the 2022 TCS London Marathon, and has been inspired to play a vital role at the iconic race following his past heart problems. Redknapp suffered with with blocked arteries during his time at White Hart Lane.

Fortunately, due to being around the Tottenham medical team, the 75-year-old was able to spot the signs early and receive treatment. Following his past problems, Redknapp is now helping the British Heart Foundation (BHF) hoping to raise £3million at Sunday's marathon.

The former manager will help lead a team of more than 1,600 runners who will take part in the race in the capital on Sunday. Speaking to PA News Agency back in March, the former Spurs, West Ham and Portsmouth boss revealed why the cause is close to his heart.

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He said: "I didn’t feel good, but I was lucky as I was at Tottenham so I had medical people around who could get it sorted for me. Tests showed I had blocked arteries, and now I’m one of the lucky ones as I got the warning signs, got a diagnosis, and got sorted out with an angioplasty and a couple of stents.

“But not everyone gets that chance. Many people are missing out on years of their life or living with pain and suffering that stops them having a decent quality of life.” Redknapp was alongside fellow former manager Glenn Hoddle when he had a cardiac arrest whilst working for BT Sport in 2018.

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Speaking on the incident, the former ex-Spurs man said: "You just don’t know when it might happen, and you have to make sure you get checked out. The London Marathon is a great vehicle for money raising, and I’ve been down there a couple of times.

My son ran it one year – and it’s great to see all the people making that effort, and the training they put into it.” As a a youngster Redknapp revealed he was always a keen runner, and has been more than happy to share some tips to those in action this weekend.

"I loved long-distance running, we’d run for miles, I was very skinny, 10 stone 6lb, and running was very easy for me… I do a couple of days a week, I have a lad come round and I do some boxing training, I’ve got a punchbag.

"I’m not a drinker, only with a meal and only ever a glass of wine, I’ve never drunk beer in my life and I never put weight on. And I play golf a couple of days a week, and walk the dog every day… The British Heart Foundation, it is fantastic what they do. That’s why I’m urging everyone who has been successful in getting a London Marathon ballot place to use it to run for the BHF and raise money to help heal hearts.”

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