Portland man defying the odds in today’s Osprey Sprint

Portland man defying the odds in today’s Osprey Sprint

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:01am 6th October 2019.

A 28-year-old man from Portland who has a rare lung condition is taking on the triathlon, despite his illness.

Thomas Doggett-Hill was diagnosed with bronchiectasis, which is similar to cystic fibrosis, when he was 18.

He also now suffers from emphysema and has received major surgery, experienced collapsed lungs and spent long periods in hospital over the years.

Thomas Doggett-Hill

What is Bronchiectasis?

  • A long-term lung condition where the airways become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus
  • Symptoms range in severity, but sufferers typically have breathlessness and a persistent cough that brings up phlegm
  • It leaves the sufferer more vulnerable to infection * from nhs.co.uk 

Thomas said:

“Both bronchiectasis and emphysema can be massively debilitating illnesses. I have suffered and spent a lot of time unwell. It’s tough – to be honest, it can be tough every day.

“But I think if you really want to do something, you can make it happen, even with a condition like this.”

He’s been training for the event for two-and-a-half years and said it’s been a battle:

"Every time I went to try and run I’d get out of breath really quickly, and I just had to push and push and get a little bit further and a little bit faster each day.

“The first year or so was quite horrid and some days I just didn’t want to do it, but it’s been about forcing myself to carry on and get to the point I'm at now.”

Thomas Doggett-Hill

What’s the Osprey Sprint?

  • 12 lengths (300m) of the pool at the Osprey swimming centre
  • 17k cycle up to Portland Bill and back
  • 5k run along Hamm Beach

Thomas is raising awareness of the condition and raising money for the British Lung Foundation.