22 Aug

Heroic Teacher Sets Marathon Target

An inspirational teacher from Peebles is set to tackle Scotland's toughest marathon - a decade after surviving an almost fatal brain hemorrhage. Richard Edge, who teaches PE at Priorsford Primary, was in a coma for almost a fortnight after collapsing in the playground at Caddonfoot Primary School in 2007.

The former footballer required emergency surgery at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital to save his life. Through specialist rehab help and encouragement at the Astley Ainslie Hospital, Richard was gradually able to regain the use of his legs and his speech.

As a way of thanking the staff at the hospital, the 36-year-old is aiming to complete the epic Glencoe Marathon on 1 October. The course, which includes more than 1,600 metres of climbing, takes in the fearsome Devil’s Staircase as well as the Aonach Eagach Ridge and Glen Nevis.

"The Glencoe Marathon is going to be tough but I'm determined to raise as much as I can to thank everyone at the Astley Ainslie for all they did for me,” Richard explained.

"I had been out after playing in the Scottish Cup with Vale of Leithen on the Saturday and couldn't understand why the hangover wasn't going away. I had a terrible headache on the Tuesday when I was teaching at Caddonfoot. I knew something was wrong and just managed to get all the children back into the class before I collapsed in the playground.

"I had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and nobody was sure if I'd ever be able to get the use of my legs back again. When I first arrived at Astley Ainslie I couldn't walk and had real difficulty with my speech. It was the amazing people at Astley Ainslie that drove me forward and gave me the belief that I could return to a normal life."

To support Richard's fundraising effort go to his BT My Donate page.