Scots wants to 'prove everyone wrong' after being told he'd 'never run marathon again'

Mark was told he would never run a marathon again
-Credit: (Image: (Image: Mark Baxter))

An Edinburgh man was devastated when he was told he 'would never run a marathon again' after suffering a brutal injury whilst competing in the London marathon.

Mark Baxter fractured his left hip in two places while he was running the London Marathon on April 21, 2024, just six miles from the finish line, reports Edinburgh Live.

The running coach was rushed to hospital after the pain became unbearable.

Now, Mark is keen to 'prove people wrong' and is planning on running the New York marathon in November, despite recovery time ranging from nine to 12 months.

The 33-year-old from Portobello has been involved in sports for most of his life and has developed a passion for running and boxing.

Often competing in marathons and raising over £6,000 for charity, Mark's dream was to qualify for the Boston Marathon and with the New York Marathon in his sights - he wants to 'defy the odds'.

Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Mark said: "For me, running the London Marathon was a Boston qualifier attempt - to run it in under three hours for my age group 30-35. I was on track to do this when at mile 20, with six miles to go, I suddenly experienced what can only be described as the most painful moment of my life. I was left heartbroken, emotional, and in unbearable pain, as the St. John's Ambulance medic team wheel-chaired me off the course.

"I remember when I was training, I felt a little niggle, but I thought it was normal. When I was running and felt that pain, I thought at first it might have been a muscle tear and I tried to carry on until I couldn't go any further. The doctor told me that I might have had a stress fracture in the training and it just got worse during the marathon.

"Running is an extreme passion of mine. It keeps me fit and it's good for your mental health. The surgeon told me it's a nine to 12-month recovery period and he said it could take up to two years before I could jog again. He said it was 'extremely unlikely' that I would run another marathon due to the extent of the break and then having to cut through my hip abductor muscle."

Despite his injury and the surgery he had to undergo, Mark claimed he is keen to prove them wrong. "I appreciate fully that they have to give their best expert advice but my mentality and resilience, I know it was achievable."

While he continues with his recovery, Mark is continuing to take running sessions at Meadowbank Stadium where he encourages people from all walks of life to get into the sport.

"There are two ways people can deal with obstacles in their lives. One is to let it overwhelm you, burden you and put a limit on your potential. The other is to use it as fuel, fuel to feed the burning fire inside to be the best version of who you are as a human. To defy the odds and show yourself and the world what you are capable of achieving using your mindset and mental resilience.

"On paper, according to experts, this feat wasn’t possible. I told myself otherwise."

He added: "I'm only 33, a broken hip is something you probably associate with older people, so I think I have age and health and fitness on my side. This happened in April and I'm already down to just one crutch and I'm able to lift weights and do squats. I'm on track to run the marathon in November."

The New York Marathon will be held on November 3 and Mark is planning to be there.

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