A battling Kells man who astonished medics by coming back from being clinically dead on two separate occasions is set to astonish them even further by tackling his third marathon in April.

Brendan Lynch, 50, from O’Growney Terrace on the Moynalty road, has been living in the UK since 1997 and has been confined to a wheelchair since plummeting 110 feet from scaffolding on a London building site in 2001,

He recalled, ‘ I was working as a foreman on a site in central London when the accident happened and I have been in the chair ever since, I have been told bits and pieces about what happened but I’m happy enough not knowing the full details.

‘What I do know is that doctors in the Royal London hospital told me I died twice in there I was pronounced clinically dead both times but bounced back.

‘Both times my family were called over and faced with the choice of turning off the life support machine thankfully they didn’t take the nuclear option.

‘In total I spent just over a year in hospital and came to terms with the fact I had a different life ahead of me when I got out.

‘I have read about others this happened too and they go on about white lights and out of body experiences but if I had any of that I don’t remember it and maybe it is better that way, I guess I am living proof it is hard to kill a bad thing,

‘To be honest at first I was sceptical when they told me but I learned to just roll with it and believe them that I cheated death twice,’

When Brendan first decided to do a marathon, doctors were cautious in advising him to go for it, that was the Dublin event in 2018, he subsequently completed the Manchester version and on April 21st takes on the London race.

He has run into a problem though as weather has curtailed his training.

‘I hate going out cycling the chair in the rain, normally I would get in 100 mile a week in the build up but I haven’t been able to get anywhere near that target this time around, I did the first one in Dublin in just over six hours and I would be targeting a time of five hours in Manchester if I got all my training complete but now it’ll probably take longer.

‘The fall was a life changer no doubt but not a life ender, as I see it you play the hand your dealt and just because I was dealt a s****y hand doesn’t mean I have to put the cards down and leave the table.’