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Brian Cumming

Brian's Colonathon 2018

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My story

[p]Hey, thank you for looking at my page. I'm running the London Marathon (again) and I'm raising money for St Mark's Hospital Foundation (again), the hospital that operated on me and nursed me back to health. [/p][p]My goals for 2018 are:[/p][p]= not to poop myself[/p][p]= finish in a more respectable time. I'd love to take a whole hour off of my 2015 time and finish in 3hrs 53mins but I think 4hrs 23 mins is more realistic. [/p][p]= Moonwalk around Cutty Sark. (I'll need to learn to moonwalk first)[/p][p]= Finish with enough thoughts in my brain so that I can work out how to unwrap the foil blanket they give you. I still have the one from 2015. Still folded. It shouldn't be hard but after 26.22 miles, I couldn't work it out. [/p][p]= not to make my hernia worse.[/p][p]= Get through the training without injuring myself. A physio described me as biomechanically unfit to run a marathon in 2015. But she helped me patch my knees up and get round regardless. [/p][p]= raise £6,882. I raised £6,881 in 2013 so this would mean £1 more! Woop woop. Edit: ok, smashed that target, how about £8k? That's a nice round number. I like the idea of that. [/p][p]Let me explain. On 9th October 2013 (I don't forget that date) I had major organ surgery. It was 100% preventative, to stop me getting terminal cancer in my 60s. I had a total colectomy and an ileo-rectal anastamosis. In simple terms, they took out my large intestine and joined up the end of the small intestine to the end of my rectum. Simples. ;-)[/p][p]I have 1.5m less internal tubing than you. I can lead a very normal* life, at least, it's normal to me. But with 6 foot less storage I have to visit the toilet once or twice more per day than you do. Also, the colon helps separate waste water from waste solids. I can't do that so when I do go, it has more water in it. [/p][p]Don't read this bit if you're eating... If you know the Bristol Stool Scale, I'm pretty much a 6 all the time but with 7s thrown in and the occasional 5. Oh how I celebrate. [/p][p]Another point to note is that without my colon I can no longer process salt so effectively. I have to add salt to my diet. If I don't, I get massively lethargic. [/p][p]All of this proves problematic when running. Needing the toilet often and lethargy. Great. Plus running is known for increasing the speed of your digestion so you don't want to know how it makes me feel. [/p][p]In 2015 it was all about getting round, I had close friends trying to talk me out of it as it was only 18months post surgery and I'd lost 18/19kg in the month straight after my surgery. They were worried for me. So I only had one goal, to get round, although my secondary goals were under 5 hours if possible and not to poop myself on the way. I got lucky on all counts and I ran it in 4hrs 53mins. [/p][p]I had a couple of regrets so I'd always wanted a second chance. The stretch around Cutty Sark is amazing. SO MANY PEOPLE. I wanted to give them something back for their cheers. I want to moonwalk that section. Plus I'd always fancied running it under 4hrs. [/p][p]Thanks for reading. You can keep upto date with my training diary and look at photos of my chicken legs on [url=http://www.briancumming.com]www.briancumming.com[/url][/p][p]Blue 'uns[/p][p]Brian[/p][p][br][/p][p]*post surgery, I have run the London Marathon and cycled 100miles in 2013, I qualified as a skydiving instructor in 2015 and I set two skydiving World Records too, I'm on page 129 of the current Guinness Book of World Records. It's 'normal' to me. :-)[/p][p][br][/p][p]**OFFLINE DONATIONS**[/p][p]1) Thank you to Anthony Collins who has donated £2,500 directly to St Mark's Foundation with the following message: [/p][p]Brian [/p][p]Good luck. You are a Brave Man. [/p][p]Anthony[/p][p][br][/p][p]2) Thank you to the donor who wishes to remain anonymous but has donated £2,400 directly to St Mark's Foundation.[/p][p]**ENDS**[/p]

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May 23, 2018

Jack and Jack and Lesley

Love from Jack, Jack and Lesley.

£55.00 plus £13.75 Gift Aid

May 3, 2018


Well done !

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 2, 2018

Aaron Sibley

Well done champ. Proud of ya bud.


May 2, 2018

Michael and Ann

Great run Brian for a great cause,only you could choose the hottest marathon in 37 years

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2018


Apr 24, 2018


Woohoo! Well done B! Awesomesauce )

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018



Apr 23, 2018

Nicky Heckels

I watched your run through the app. Amazing, what more can I say. Donation made to a charity that is extremely important to you.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018


Well done brian. You are a prime example of the phrase “Never Give Up”.

Apr 23, 2018


Brian, you know I said that I would double the donation if you came in under 4 hours? Well I lied. Considering what you put yourself through both in training and on the record breaking HOT day, you came close enough so deserve it. Very well done!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid