Idea of transplant sports motivated John Moore when he was waiting for a new liver

Tomi Palovaara, John Moore & Thomas Weyand

John Moore from Great Britain got an honour to be the first gold medallist of the 2016 European Transplant Sport Championships in Vantaa. He crossed the finish line of the 5-kilometre Mini-Marathon with an amazing time 18.24.

– I felt comfortable from the beginning. The course was lovely and condition very nice for running, said Moore.

Newcastle resident Moore have been running since childhood. He’s 800 m personal best is 1.53 which tells a lot about his talent.

Moore was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) when he was a teen. He was told that at some point he may need a liver transplant.

During the years his condition got worse and he wasn’t able to compete anymore in running – at least not in the level he was used to.

– Because I knew that I may need to go through a transplant surgery I was also kind of aware of transplant sports. That was actually something that motivated me before I got a new liver, Moore told.

After the liver transplantation in 2011 almost the first thing in Moore’s mind was “when I can run again?” Quite soon actually, it appeared. Less than a year from the surgery he was already back on track running 5 km races. Since then he has competed in three British Transplant Games and last year’s World Transplant Games in Argentina. Now Moore is making his first appearance in the European level.

There were two sport events in the opening day of the European Transplant Sport Championships: Mini Marathon and Darts. Both of them were events of the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships. Events of the European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships starts on Tuesday.

You can find all the results from Monday HERE and the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships medal count from the bottom of this page.

ETDSC Medal Count after Monday