Sheffield dad’s marathon effort after brain surgery

Andrew Ralph, who completed the Paris marathon for Neurocare after having a brain tumour removed, with wife Liz and children Maria, Alex and Anneka.
Andrew Ralph, who completed the Paris marathon for Neurocare after having a brain tumour removed, with wife Liz and children Maria, Alex and Anneka.
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A DAD-of-three who tackled a marathon just months after having a brain tumour removed had to be taken to hospital after crossing the finish line.

Determined Andrew Ralph, who underwent gruelling surgery on the benign growth last June, was stretchered away with a knee injury after completing the Marathon de Paris.

Andrew Ralph, who completed the Paris marathon for Neurocare after having a brain tumour removed.

Andrew Ralph, who completed the Paris marathon for Neurocare after having a brain tumour removed.

The 41-year-old has returned to work on crutches and joked he had worked harder than most to raise an impressive £2,500 for charity Neurocare after his return to Sheffield.

Dentist Andrew, of Dore, said: “I have definitely earned every penny of my sponsorship money!

“I got carried off on a stretcher at the end of the marathon then went to hospital in Paris.

“It wasn’t because of exhaustion – my legs just wouldn’t work any more. I had to walk the last mile and a half with one leg dragging the other.

“They think I have a stress fracture on my knee although it’s not completely diagnosed yet.

“I would never do another marathon – they had a place in Paris for Neurocare and I just thought it would give me a challenge. I’ve ticked it off the list now.”

Andrew, a keen cyclist, was diagnosed with a haemangioblastoma after suffering severe headaches and eventually collapsing.

He was rushed to casualty in Chesterfield and then transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield where he underwent surgery to remove the growth.

On Sunday Andrew completed the marathon – the first he has ever attempted – in four-and-a-half hours with family and friends cheering him on.

Money raised will boost Neurocare, which funds vital life-saving equipment for patients with neurological conditions at the Hallamshire.

Andrew said: “It was quite a shock to find out I had a brain tumour. I was fit and healthy otherwise.

“I wanted to do something for Neurocare as a thank you for the amazing treatment I received from the whole team.

“I have now made a full recovery and wanted to give something back.”

* Visit Just giving Andy Ralph to sponsor Andy.