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[p]Hey folks, [/p][p]Thanks for visiting my page. I really appreciate all of your support and I thank you for any donations. [/p][p]On October 9th 2013 I underwent a total colectomy and ileo-rectal anastamosis. This surgery removed my colon (large intestine) and plumbed the small intestine directly into the rectum. It was a planned procedure so as to avoid the big C later in life. There were multiple post-surgery complications and the five nights I was expected to stay in hospital became ten weeks (although I did spend a few days at home in the middle before being re-admitted). I lost 18kg or nearly three stone in the first month, and I wasn't a big guy to start with.[/p][p]I have a two pronged attack in 2015 to regain my fitness although I was only meant to have one! I have no recollection of applying for the London marathon, I was clearly off my head on a cocktail of prescription strength medication. Tramadol amongst others. Wow. [/p][p]The second is RideLondon, a 100 mile bike ride on 2 Aug. [/p][p]I was able to complete the London Marathon in 4hrs 53 using a run/walk strategy and I'm now fully focused on my bike riding! [/p][p]I’m running and riding to support St Mark’s Hospital Foundation. I was operated on at this hospital and it is their pioneering lead in bowel disease that means that so many people around the world can be helped with something that no one really wants to talk about. They were recently classed as the second best hospital in the world for bowel disease research and yet their research program is not funded by the NHS.[/p][p]Blue skies[/p][p]Brian[/p][p]PS Have a look at my photo album for a laugh, they are all photos of me looking weak, helpless and pathetic as I run. :-) And yes, the term "chicken legs" has been thrown my way several times.[/p][p]PPS Picasa seems to be limiting the number of photos on display (?). This is a link to my training blog [url=http://www.briancumming.uk]www.briancumming.uk[/url] where you can see all the photos.[/p]