ROYAL RETURN: Mark Brooks and a team of runners from Springfield celebrated the end of the Warwick Pentath Run.
ROYAL RETURN: Mark Brooks and a team of runners from Springfield celebrated the end of the Warwick Pentath Run. Marian Faa

ROYAL RUN: Man does Pentath after 6 months without skull

AFTER spending six months with his skull removed and his brain exposed, a Springfield man has made an astounding return to the Warwick Pentath-Run this year.

Just eight weeks ago, Springfield resident Mark Brooks was wearing a helmet to protect the part of his brain that could have killed him, if touched.

"In the first four weeks they told him 11 times he wouldn't make it," his wife Sue said.

But his morning Mr Brooks crossed the finish line of the final race in the Warwick Pentath Run with a victorious 'hurrah'.

 

WHEELING ON: Mark Brooks was wheeled across the finish line of the 1500m race by his adoring team of 'wenches'.
WHEELING ON: Mark Brooks was wheeled across the finish line of the 1500m race by his adoring team of 'wenches'. Marian Faa

The come-back has amazed doctors, family members and his entire running group from Springfield.

Wheeled by 'wenches' down the 1500m strip of Warwick's main street, Mr Brooks certainly got the royal cheer he deserved.

"It feels just superb to be here today," Mr Brooks said.

His team of runners from Springfield donned dresses and tiaras for the last race of the weekend in a nod to last night's Royal wedding.

Needless to say, Mr Brooks got to wear the king's crown.

Making it across the finish line was an emotional moment for wife, Sue, who was told her husband had a 20 per cent chance of survival when he suffered a stroke in September.

 

ROYAL RETURN: Mark Brooks had the support of the Springfield Runners Group behind him as he crossed the finish line, a mark of his astounding recovery from a stroke.
ROYAL RETURN: Mark Brooks had the support of the Springfield Runners Group behind him as he crossed the finish line, a mark of his astounding recovery from a stroke. Marian Faa

"He has surprise them all by breaking all the boundaries they set him," she said.

An avid runner and cyclist, Mr Brooks competed in all five races of the Warwick Pentath run last year.

"To make it back this time after everything that has happened, it's amazing," Mrs Brooks said.

But his recovery doesn't stop there.

Mr Brooks is determined he will compete in the Iron Man Challenge for a seventh time, despite his disability.

"That's the ultimate goal," he said.


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