I woke up in the Walton Centre's intensive care high dependency unit on Sunday 22nd May 2011. I woke up to see my brother and sister by my bedside with tubes going in and out of various places around my body - what a way to wake up on your 27th birthday!.

The night before, a group of friends and I headed out to Liverpool city centre on a night out. Unfortunately during the night out, unprovoked, some wally decided to punch me from behind - I fell and hit the back of my head on a curb outside a nightclub. I was then rushed by ambulance to hospital and as a result of the impact, I had a golf ball sized brain hemorrhage behind my left ear. I was put in an induced coma, and my family was told I had a 20% chance of surviving the night and only around a 10% chance of surviving without a disability. The following morning, I only woke up on my birthday thanks to The Walton Centre. If they hadn't looked after me, then I probably wouldn't be here today.

Anyway, I survived without any major problems (although I was cross-eyed in 1 eye for 6 weeks and had to wear an eye patch, but I've always been a bit of a pirate), and have been lucky enough to get a ballot place in the Virgin London Marathon 2020. I have ran several 10k's, a couple of Half Marathons and adventure races in the last few years, but have never ran a full Marathon. So, as a thank you I have chosen to raise as much money as possible for The Walton Centre Charity.

Despite the postponement of the London Marathon, I am still training 6 times a week and completing various virtual races to keep me motivated. So far these have included a virtual Iron Man and the Run For The 96 virtual 5k. With extra time to train, my new aim is to complete the marathon in under 3 hours. Thank you for taking the time to read my page, and thanks again for any donation. Adam Mairs