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With the London Marathon postponed to October 2021, 30 year old PE teacher Eamonn Kearney ran a ‘virtual marathon’ in Southend on Sunday to raise money for The National Brain Appeal, the charity dedicated to raising vital funds for the hospital where he had awake brain surgery in February 2019.
He braved the cold, wind and rain to run a coastal route in an impressive three hours and 42 minutes, raising over £5000. He ran 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 seizures since he was 18.
He said: “I can’t believe how well it went for me in spite of the weather. I would have been happy with four and a half hours so I’m delighted with three hours, 42 minutes! The wind on the seafront was the biggest challenge.
“My brother Patrick ran with me for 14 miles. It was great to have his company. My family were tracking us so kept popping up and cheering me on.”
He 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.”