Volunteer lifeboat crew member’s wife runs to repay RNLI for saving his life

Lizzie Cowan, the wife of a North Berwick RNLI crew member, is running 100km to raise awareness and funding for the RNLI after her husband’s crew medical revealed he required lifesaving surgery.

Cowan’s husband, Simon, attended his normal lifeboat medical with his local GP. At 49, he felt fit and had no history of illness. He was an active member of the local rowing club and the lifeboat crew. The GP detected a heart murmur and he was sent to get an echocardiogram. This revealed a serious defect in his heart valve, and he wasn’t allowed out of hospital until he had lifesaving heart surgery.

Cowan says: “I could have chosen rowing, it’s one of my passions, but running is something I have to dig deep to accomplish, but I wanted to challenge myself and pay respect to how hard Simon worked and about reflecting on his strength to recover.

“I wanted to raise money and awareness for the RNLI. It has been a hard year for them as a charity to raise funds for training and to supply all the equipment. They do a fantastic job saving lives but without their medical, there is a good chance that I wouldn’t have had Simon and my kids wouldn’t have had their Dad. He gives up time to save others, but we never expected that the RNLI would save his life. That’s why I want to give something meaningful back for we will be forever grateful.”

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