Andrew O'Brien was due to run in the Seville marathon on 23 February but unfortunately had to pull out after developing a stress fracture in his left shin at the end of January.
"I was having a few problems before I ran the Bermuda marathon and had a scan when I got back to the UK which showed the damage. The doctors told me that I'd have to stop running or risk the stress fracture developing into a proper break," said Andrew.
But he was determined not to give up. He enlisted the help of an ex-Team GB triathlete to help develop a non-impact training schedule that would allow him to keep his fitness levels up while giving his stress fracture time to heal. Working six days a week, Andrew was aqua jogging, spinning and cross-training while undergoing physiotherapy.
"Because of the time spent out with the injury, I've had to rejig the races that I'm running for the rest of the challenge so that I can get the remaining four in before 21 June - meaning that 12-in-12 doesn't become 12-in-13-in-2014," said Andrew.
The Georgia Marathon on 23 March was Andrew's first race since the injury and his ninth in the past nine months. Finishing in just over 4 hours, this was an important psychological milestone for Andrew. Now with only three marathons to go, Andrew intends to stay strong and continue to draw inspiration from the strength of character and determination of people he met in Uganda.
So far, Andrew has managed to raise £8,380 for the ISIS Foundation, just £1,620 short of his target of £10,000. If you are as impressed by his determination as we are, head over to his JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/ISIS12in12) and make a donation, however small. Every penny counts for the people served by Kiwoko Hospital.