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Fancy running a marathon wearing a lead apron?

8 February, 2019
Adam Wallock

Diagnostic radiographer Adam Wallwork will run the London Marathon in April for ELHT&Me, the official charity of East Lancashire NHS Trust where he works, whilst looking at a possible world record.

He is now a reporting radiographer at the trust, after qualifying in 2012, but his career journey is unusual.

Before becoming a radiographer, Adam had surgery on his brain in 2006 to resolve severe epilepsy. The operation sparked three intra-cranial haemorrhages, which meant more surgery was needed to remove the bleeds. Adam then had to re-learn skills including walking and talking.

“Since recovering, I have always aimed to keep myself very fit and healthy,” Adam explained.

“I compete in mountain and fell races, and sometimes in ultra-marathons of up to 50 miles. I was lucky enough to gain a ballot place on the London Marathon, and so decided I’d like to challenge myself and raise some money at the same time.”

It was after his surgery that Adam became a hospital volunteer and his experiences in the surgical day unit and radiology prompted him to go back to university and train to be a diagnostic radiographer. 

“I decided to run the marathon wearing a top-and-kilt lead apron, which has been kindly donated by Rothband to raise awareness for my role as a radiographer,” he explained.

Adam says other people have run races wearing lead and he is waiting to hear from the Guinness Book of World Records to see if there is a target he can beat.

To make a donation to Adam’s fundraising efforts visit his page.

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