An Aberdeenshire man who suffered from a rare flesh-eating bacteria has recovered and will now compete in the Baxters River Ness 10K on 24 September. After battling with necrotizing fasciitis, Robin Grant has developed a love of running.
In 2014, he was diagnosed with the rare condition, which is known as a flesh-eating bacteria. The illness causes tissue death in affected areas, resulting in incredible pain. After undergoing emergency surgery, Robin’s thoughts turned to an old hobby.
The 43-year-old explains: “When I came out of surgery, I was in intensive care for about two weeks and on a ventilator for a week. The only way to treat the bug is to cut it out – the flesh is essentially dead – so I also required plastic surgery.
“For me, hospital was an incredibly boring place. I signed up to take part in a local 10k event while I was still admitted, and completed it the next year.”
After his first race, Robin entered a number of 10ks across the country – including the River Ness 10K, part of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. And despite having run in some incredible locations across the country, Robin counts his local race as one of the best.
He says: “I was back living in Inverness and decided to run the River Ness 10K. It was tough – it was roasting hot that day – but I absolutely loved it. The course is great, and the energy around the whole event is really uplifting.”
Robin is now looking to up his distance: “I’ve got my sights set on the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, though. One day soon, you’ll find me on the starting line.”
The River Ness 10K takes place on September 24, and is part of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. The event, which draws thousands of people from across the world, also comprises the title marathon, 10K Corporate Challenge, River Ness 5K and a Wee Nessie Fun Run for pre-school children.
For more information, visit the event website.