Previously paralysed Welwyn Hatfield councillor completes marathon

PUBLISHED: 17:08 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 27 April 2017

Darren Gilbert and Darren Bennett completed the London Marathon.

Darren Gilbert and Darren Bennett completed the London Marathon.


A Welwyn Hatfield borough councillor has hailed his completion of the London Marathon a “personal triumph”.

Darren Bennett, who represents the Panshanger ward, completed Sunday’s marathon in 5:05.59 raising money more than £1,000 for Keech Hospice.

But just six years ago his life was turned upside down.

Darren had become seriously ill with a mystery virus.

He spent four weeks in hospital and was paralysed from the waist down.

Darren said; “It was a life changing experience with not knowing if I would ever walk again.

“We never found out what was the cause, but if it wasn’t for all the staff at the Royal Free, I would not be where I am now.”

Following the marathon, Darren told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This was a personal triumph for myself.

“If someone had told me six years ago that I would have run the London marathon again, I would have said they were mad.

“The spectators on route, were absolutely brilliant, and that is why, the London marathon is the best marathon in the world.”

Darren ran the marathon with Darren Gilbert, of Mather Marshall estate agents, who was supporting an epilepsy charity.

Darren Gilbert’s time was 4:38.00

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