Get set for miracle 
marathon mum Tara

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A mum of three who survived a brain haemorrhage is set to run the London Marathon this year.

Tara Allan, from North Crawley, will take on the 26.2 mile event despite suffering a bleed on the brain just four years ago.

She had initially gone to the doctors with a painful headache shortly after the birth of youngest daughter Tessa, now four.

Tara said: “On the Saturday my husband said I had been acting strangely. I’d got up to vomit and couldn’t walk or talk properly. I have no memory of it.

“I was taken to A&E and had a brain scan which revealed there was a lot of blood on my brain, it was very scary.”

Tara was transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital where she had a craniotomy to take away the blood, before being placed in an induced coma.

After two weeks in intensive care she was moved back to Milton Keynes Hospital before being released on October 8.

During her recovery, Tara looked at the Stroke Association website which suggested exercise as a way of lowering your chances of having a stroke, so she started running around the pitch of her son’s football team when she dropped him off.

She said: “I used to run with another mum and we would take care of each other’s baby and toddler. I then progressed to running 5k and 10k races. Then last year I joined the Milton Keynes Lakeside Runners at Willen and started running half marathons.

“A friend of mine got a place in the London Marathon and said I should do it. After I phoned the Stroke Association they said they were full but would put me on the waiting list. In January I got a call to say a place was available.”