Runner who has battled epilepsy taking part in London 10k to raise money for charity
PUBLISHED: 14:17 13 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 13 June 2016
He was affected by the condition after undergoing an operation in the 1970s
A man who has battled epilepsy is taking part in the 10k London Run to raise money for research into the condition.
Andrew Morgan contracted epilepsy less than a year after getting married in 1971, following an operation to remove a cranial blood clot, or angioma.
He has been running with the Dartford Road Runners since 2008, taking part in several marathons, and will now tackle the popular run from Hyde Park Corner to the finish line on Whitehall.
Mr Morgan said: “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 remaining on Mr Morgan’s brain caused him to have seizures and fits, with six of these occurring between 1971 until 1975.
Thankfully, he has not suffered a fit since 1975, and 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.
“Looking back over the last 45 years I am struck by the fact that the condition had not stopped me doing anything,” Mr Morgan said. “I have been able to live a very fulfilled life with my wonderful family of three girls and five grandchildren.”
Now retired, Mr Morgan has completed five marathons, a 20-mile race, four half marathons and countless 10ks and 5ks since joining the Dartford Runners.
Celebrating his 70th birthday this year, he plans to collect all eight of his club age group running records – and the Vitality British 10k London Run will be one of these.
Those wishing to take part in the race, which is held on Sunday, July 10, should visit www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk