Andrew Morgan, from Kent, is running for Epilepsy Research in the Vitality British 10k London Run on Sunday 10th July. In April 1971, less than a year after getting married, he had the shock of his life when a cranial blood clot or angioma was discovered.
He was immediately taken to the Brook Hospital on Shooters Hill, where they specialise in brain surgery.
Andrew says: “I was operated on by Mr Gibbs at the Brook Hospital, who did a superb job and in effect gave my life back to me again. For this, I will always be eternally grateful.”
However, the scar tissue that was left on Andrew’s brain triggered his body to have seizures and fits. From this time in 1971 until 1975, he had six of these but has been very fortunate to not have had a fit since 1975.
Andrew says: “Looking back over the last 45 years I am struck by the fact that the condition had not stopped me doing anything. I have been able to live a very fulfilled life with my wonderful family of three girls and five grandchildren.”
His condition has not stopped him from working full time as a teacher, acquiring a B Ed Hons degree, being an Outdoor Education leader and leading young people in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for 17 years.
Andrew is now retired but has been running with the Dartford Road Runners since 2008, where he completed an incredible 5 marathons, a 20 mile race, 4 half marathons and countless 10k’s and 5k’s.
Celebrating his 70th birthday this year, Andrew plans to collect all 8 of his club age group running records – and the Vitality British 10k London Run will be one of these!
The Vitality British 10k London Run, on Sunday 10th July, will see runners race through the heart of central London. Starting on Piccadilly outside The Cavalry & Guards Club on Hyde Park corner, runners will make their way past huge crowds and London landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The route proves hugely popular with both new and seasoned runners, attracted by the chance to run one of the most unique routes in the world and be spurred on by tens of thousands of spectators lining the route from start to finish.
If you would like to take part in the Vitality British 10k London Run for yourself, please visit www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk to sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out!
Entries include: a free finishers technical t-shirt from race partner, Brooks, a medal, a goody bag and the opportunity for a post-race massage on race day.