News - 13th February 2019

Bad break doesn’t stop Sean’s marathon effort

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As runners many of you will have had to deal with injuries and it’s so frustrating when you are out of action.


But take inspiration from Sean McGibney who’s had a remarkable recovery from a broken leg which put a halt on his fundraising challenge to run 80 half-marathons in eight months.


Sean started his challenge, which is raising money for the Dementia Revolution in honour of his grandmother who is 80 and has Alzheimer’s disease, in September last year. His aim was to finish by running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28.


But in early November, having clocked up 22 half-marathons, the 26-year-old, who lives in Leeds, broke his left femur after falling on steps outside his house and had to have an operation to insert a titanium rod.


He was initially warned he might not be able to run again for 12 months, but by committing fully to his rehab programme he was off crutches in five and a half weeks and running again by the end of last month. Earlier this month he started running half-marathons again and he is confident he’ll be at the start line for the London Marathon on April 28, which will now be the halfway point of his challenge.


He said: “I was initially very frustrated that I had to stop the challenge and might not be able to run the London Marathon. But I quickly got over it and just thought of my recovery as another challenge. I pushed very hard with the physio, doing three hours of exercises a day. I’m delighted I’ve been able to return to running so quickly.”


Sean’s half-marathons are a mix of organised events and his own runs. He’s keen for people to join him on runs.


He said: “I want to run alongside as many people as I can. The challenge has been great for reconnecting with old friends and meeting new friends. Many of the people I’ve run with so far have shared their own experiences of dementia in their families and it shows how important it is to support dementia research.”


Sean and friends are staging a ‘parkrun takeover’ at Wakefield Thornes on Saturday where they will be spreading the word about the challenge and fundraising. So, if you’re there look out for them!


You can sponsor Sean here. And you can read about his challenge on his blog at https://80in8.com/ where you can also get in touch if you’d like to join him on one of his runs.


If you have your own place in the London Marathon, why not join Sean and support the Dementia Revolution? You can sign up here.

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