A really good article on blood donation


I came across this article today and thought it was a good one to share. What happens to our bodies when giving blood and what that means to us as runners.


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  • Good to know. I used to give blood regularly in UK. But as a Brit living in France I'm no longer allowed to. France doesn't want British blood, due to the mad cow problem. Ironic in my case as I've been vegetarian since 1986 ^^

  • Really? That's strange. I donate blood in Germany and my nationality has never been mentioned. I have blood group O and they're always keen to get it.

  • Yes, we went to donate a few years ago in France, and were turned away too. I give twice over winter when I'm in UK. The French only make it into boudin noir anyway...

  • Can't load that page unfortunately, perhaps on another device.

  • Thanks RFC, very interesting. I usually forget all about having donated within a couple of days, I shall keep an closer eye on how I feel next time.

  • Thanks for that, a bit more precise than what I've read before.

    I feel a bit sorry for whoever got mine, if it was for a 'getting better quicker' transfusion cf life or death, from the times I donated before the blood service (probably rightly) decided that there might be as yet undetermined lurgis in the blood of people like me so they didn't want it until you were asymptomatic. Which I ain't.

  • I donated on Thursday night (36 hours ago) and ran W8R1 this morning, and I felt fine, no weaker than normal anyway!

  • Oh this is useful! Last time I gave blood it was on a Friday so I waited till Sunday morning to run, but I didn't feel well afterwards for a bit. Much more faint and hot than usual. I didn't give it much thought as it was more than 24 hours after but I will keep an eye on it next time. It probably affects us all a bit differently but I'm small and weak ;)

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