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Disabled adventurer signs up for 777 Marathon Challenge

Darren edwards
Darren edwards Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Darren Edwards is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime which will see him take on seven marathons within seven days over seven continents.

What makes the adventure even more incredible is the fact Edwards was involved in a life-changing mountain climbing accident in 2016 which left him paralysed from the chest down.

Not to be defeated he joined the British para-canoe squad, conquered challenges from Land’s End to John O’Groats and participated in guelling activities across the channel since being registered as physically disabled.

In October Edwards sets off on one of his toughest journeys to date when he embarks on the 777 World Marathon Challenge.

The event will see him cross Antarctica, to Africa, to Australia, to Asia, to South America on to the final destination in North America within 168 hours.

Edwards was an army reservist ready to start his first job teaching history in Shrewsbury, but on a mountaineering expedition six years ago he fell over 30ft (9m) when a rock moved under his feet during a descent.

The thrill-seeker told BBC News how he prefers to "look forward rather than looking back".

"I've tried to take adversity and turn it into something positive and for me adventure became that kind of saving grace," he said.

"The thing that really kept me mentally strong and physically strong was just trying to challenge what I thought I could achieve with my injury."

The challenge will push him to the limits as Edwards has never completed a marathon before - but he’s up for it!

"Training has gone really well," he said.

"Even if I finish last of all the runners I will still be the first person to cross the finish line on wheels."

Darren Edwards will be raising money for the Armed Forces Para-snowsports Team via his Justgiving page.