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Covid: Nottingham man with lung damage to run London Marathon


A man who was left with severe, permanent lung damage due to Covid-19 is to run the Virtual London Marathon.

Bryan Hucknall, 48, of Nottingham, and his wife Rachel were both infected with coronavirus in March 2020.

While Mrs. Hucknall has recovered, Mr. Hucknall has been experiencing breathing difficulties as a result of a partially collapsed lung.

He is participating in the event to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice. According to a spokesperson, they are “extremely grateful.”


‘Added edge’

Mr Hucknall, from Wilford, is still being monitored after a respiratory consultant discovered the virus had damaged his lung and the phrenic nerve, which controls the diaphragm.

He claims doctors have told him they don’t know if he will regain full lung function.

He is running in memory of his mother Anne, who died in December at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer.

During the last few weeks of her life, she was cared for at home by the hospice nursing teams.

He was frustrated he could not run for eight months

“Covid knocked me out of running for eight months,” Mr Hucknall, who has been competing in running events since 2015, said.

“I’d get angry and jealous when I saw other people running, knowing I couldn’t.” I yearned to be out there.

“This is going to be a difficult challenge.”

“I’ve never run such a long distance before, even when I was in good shape.”

“I’ll also have the advantage of doing it with less lung capacity.” I won’t be as quick as I once was, but I’ll keep going.”

He intends to begin his route in Mapperley at his mother’s home before running past the hospice.

“We’re pleased we were able to support Bryan’s family when they needed us last year,” said Rebecca Taylor, community fundraiser at Nottinghamshire Hospice.

“We’re so impressed by what Bryan is doing in his mother’s memory, and we’re grateful for the support that will allow us to assist other families.”

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