On 7 March 2009, Dudley Garner was innocently walking down a street in Norwich and was knocked down by a driver that lost control. On this day his life changed forever.
Not only did he suffer a fractured skull, smashed eye socket and hairline fracture to his spine, but several ‘invisible’ injuries that have been the hardest to overcome for him and his family. Dudley suffers from sleeplessness, mental fatigue, mood swings, headaches and short term memory problems. These got so bad that he had to retire from his role as a Financial Adviser and from his much-loved hobbie – playing football.
But a year ago Dudley’s Wife did something that would give him a new lease of life – bought him some running kit and entered him into the Edinburgh 10k. This was almost miraculous for Dudley as it gave him something new to focus on, physically and mentally, something he could do for himself or as he put it “a reason to get up in the morning and something to get my teeth stuck into”.
Dudley completed all the training and when he recounts how he felt during the race he said “I hated every second up to the last 1k of Edinburgh where I fell head over heels in love with running and even more with my Wife.”
Since then he has completed 2 half marathons amongst other running races and you might say has officially caught the ‘running bug’. He loves it so much in fact, he signed up for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014! He’s fundraising for Headway, a UK-wide charity that works with people to improve life after brain injury, because he says “the support, assistance and advice they provide is priceless”.
To show your support to Dudley and help him reach his fundraising target you can donate on his fundraising page
Good luck Dudley!