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Rory Coleman

About the speaker

1000 marathons and 23 years on from a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ made to clean up his life, Rory Coleman has really earned the name ‘Marathon Man’. On January 5th 1994, the 40-a-day smoker and hardened drinker managed to run just 100 metres. Far from being disheartened, he felt ecstatic as he’d found a way to clean up his act and live the rest of his life to the full… nicotine and alcohol-free. In just three months he lost three stone in weight and ran a half-marathon, completing his first full marathon later that same year. In 2016, following the Marathon des Sables, Rory faced his biggest challenge to date after being paralysed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome, an extremely rare auto-immune disease that left him unable to walk and confined to a wheel-chair.