Paramedic promotes campaign in 10k race

Alan McIntyre
Alan McIntyre

LIFE-saving techniques promoted by Levenmouth medical personnel have been publicised on a capital stage.

Leven paramedic Alan McIntyre, also the medical director of the Heartstart East Fife Breath of Life campaign, ran the recent London BUPA 10K to promote ‘hands only’ cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – the process brought to public attention by TV adverts featuring Vinnie Jones.

Over 20,000 competitors took part in searing 28-degree heat and Alan (above) was glad to complete the course.

“The race attracted numerous serious and fun runners raising money for BHF Cancer charities,” he told the Mail.

“Some people, like myself, were just running to raise awareness of their charities or to publicise events.

“Wearing my Vinnie Jones tee shirt, I attracted a fair bit of attention and was able to discuss with a few folk before and after the race about the benefits of ‘hands only’ CPR,” he said.

“I was able to share my first-hand experience, of how it worked in east Fife.”

Alan added: “I finished the race in just over an hour, which was not my target time.

“However, I suppose if I had not slowed down to high-five spectators shouting ‘Vinnie’, my finishing time would have been much better!”