Ruth scoops four medals and a world title at world transplant games

September 28 2015

ORGAN transplant athlete Ruth Medcroft is the new world champion in the 3km race walk – and returned home to Yate with a further three medals.

ORGAN transplant athlete Ruth Medcroft is the new world champion in the 3km race walk – and returned home to Yate with a further three medals.

Ruth, 37, was already the British women’s champion in the discipline before setting off to the world transplant games in Argentina.

In South America she not only struck gold in the race walk but also secured silver medals in the 1,500 metre and 5km road races, along with a team gold medal.

She also recorded personal best times in all the events in which she won medals.

Diagnosed with a serious kidney condition as a child, Ruth received a transplant in 2008 and competed in her first games in Coventry a year later. 

She said: “It was a marvellous experience to compete in Argentina and truly inspiring to meet so many other transplanted athletes from around the world.

“It was so exciting to compete for my country and I’m really grateful to all the other people who supported me and helped me to raise the funds to compete.” 

The games are run to raise awareness of organ donation. Everyone taking part has received life saving transplants and they use the event to recognise what donors have done for them.