Local athlete to run at World Transplant Games

March 29 2015

A kidney transplant patient is setting her sights on competing at the World Transplant Games in Argentina this summer.

Local athlete

A kidney transplant patient is setting her sights on competing at the World Transplant Games in Argentina this summer.
Ruth Medcroft, from Yate, has been competing in transplant games since her operation in 2008, and is the current British women’s champion at the race walk.
Diagnosed with a kidney condition as a child, it wasn’t until Ruth turned 23 that she began to feel the effects and tests revealed a deterioration in her condition. A change in lifestyle including diet, no smoking and exercise meant that she did not start dialysis for a further three years. During her treatment at Southmead Hospital she was made aware of the British Transplant Games and following a transplant two years later she began to realise her goal of taking part.
She competed in her first games in Coventry a year later and has been involved every year since. Winning medals at each games including Gold in the race walk on three occasions, Ruth has now set her sights on the World Transplant Games to be held this August in Argentina.
Ruth says she feels stronger and fitter than ever before, and she has also taken part in the 24 hour Adidas Thunder run as part of a team, last years TR24 and the 12 hour Lightning run as a solo competitor, as well as running 4 marathons.
The Games aim to raise awareness of the issues surrounding organ donation, and each year participants are supported in their efforts by the Donor Family Network. Competitors in the games range from the tiniest toddlers to the super, super veteran age category (70+). They have all received life-saving transplants and the games help them to celebrate the gifts their donors gave them.
Competing at the World Games does come at a cost and Ruth is now actively involved in fundraising to finance her trip. If you would like to support Ruth through sponsorship please contact rmedcroft@blueyonder.co.uk