Marathon and extreme challenge veteran, Bernie Hurn hopes to prove that a set back doesn’t have to be a permanent knock back with his plan to again run marathons despite undergoing a serious operation which left him unable to walk.

The 46-year-old’s back injury started out as niggle but eventually turned into a big problem that needed radical surgery to keep him from a life of agony.

After internal scaffolding was fitted to his back, he is now in the rehabilitation stage of his journey back to fitness and has spent two determination filled months re-learning how to walk.

Bernie said: “Just because you’ve had an injury, accident or a fall doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to get around it.

“I’ve got two stone to lose and a year of fitness to regain and I’m absolutely determined to do that,” he said.

With the help of specialist support and advice from the gym team at Andover Leisure Centre, Bernie is back in training, mainly using pieces of equipment which improve mobility and builds core strength.

And he hopes to encourages other people to do the same, despite their own injuries or conditions.

“Take control of your life, push the boundaries of what you can do, be sensible and listen to the advice of the experts and clinicians – there’s no point breaking yourself – be patient in the recovery but there are no limits,” he advised.

Even before his operation, Bernie was itching to do another big challenge, with his main goal being to rerun the London Marathon. He hopes to have the chance to do it again next year.

He said: “It may not be at the pace that I want to run but I have the determination to finish the London marathon at least one more time, and if I can get to the three-hour mark that I really wanted to before, that would just be like winning the lottery.”

The South-African born marathon man has also previously completed a 24-hour 307 mile bike ride from Hadrian’s Wall to the walls of the City of London, the Great South Run and various other extreme endurance challenges.

Anyone who’d like rehabilitation advice or to discuss what could be done in their own situation should call Andover Leisure Centre on 01264 347100.

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