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PE teacher Eamonn Kearney, from Southend, was very excited to finally be able to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday. He completed the 26 miles in 4 hours and 8 minutes and has raised just under £7,000, including Gift Aid.
Eamonn chose to fundraise for The National Brain Appeal, the charity dedicated to raising vital funds for the hospital where he had brain surgery in February 2019.
Eamonn, 31, was due to run in the event in April 2020, postponed due to the pandemic. He took part in the 2.6 Challenge that marathon organisers set up for those people who wanted to mark the day that they would would have been running and he also ran a ‘virtual marathon’ in Southend in October 2020, running along the seafront from Chalkwell Beach to Shoebury East Beach and back again twice to complete the 26.2 miles.
Eamonn, who works at St Thomas More High School in Westcliff-on-Sea, had awake brain surgery to remove an abnormality in the frontal left lobe of his brain that had been causing him to have frequent seizures since he was 18.
He said: “Taking part in the 2.6 Challenge and the ‘virtual’ marathon were great experiences but I couldn’t wait to take part in the real London Marathon. It had been a long time coming!
“The experience was absolutely brilliant. People always talk about how amazing it is, with all the crowds cheering you on, and I was excited about that. It exceeded all my expectations. It was great to have my family and friends there as well to cheer me on.”
Eamonn continued: “Raising money for The National Brain Appeal is my way of saying thank you to all of the incredible staff at The National Hospital. My life has been transformed by their fantastic care and expertise.
“ Being seizure free is an incredible feeling and I am grateful to my neurologist my neurosurgeon and all the nurses, doctors and therapists every day.”