RUNNER Darren Timby hopes there won’t be a sting in the tale as he prepares for this summer’s Sunderland City 10K.
The 29-year-old, of Fulwell, had a nasty encounter with a wasp as he hit the road in training for last year’s Great North 10K.
Dad-of-one Darren was left stunned as the insect flew into his mouth and stung his throat.
But the web designer says he can’t wait for the inaugural Wearside fun run, even though he’ll be watching the skies just in case.
On travelling to hospital, Darren, a web designer who runs his own firm, ImageBlox, said: “I immediately showed the receptionists and doctors the wasp minus the sting and the seriousness of the situation became apparent to me.
“I was flushed out with antihistamines and a camera was fed through my nose down my windpipe.
“And there it was. A full barb sting from the wasp on the camera screen.”
Darren was then operated on.
He said: “I was rushed to theatre within one hour where the surgeon searched for the smallest tool possible to grab such an object from such a delicate area.
“Everyone was very calming and assured me I’d be asleep while removing the sting.
“The next thing I knew I was awake and asking to see the sting to prove they got it out.
“An hour later and some ice cream in my ward bed everyone wanted to hear the story and see the wasp in my tub next to me including staff nurses and doctors, cleaners and other visitors.”
Friends of Darren have had no qualms reminding him of the incident, with him having to put up with regular “sting” jokes over the past 12 months.
But he is determined to raise money for a charity close to his heart this year as he did in 2010.
His son Luke, four, has suffered from eczma, and Darren is hoping to do the race in under one hour in aid of DebRa, a charity for the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.
He managed to raised almost £300 for the worthy cause.
“I am hoping for a time of about 55mins,” he added.
“I’ve started training, but I haven’t seen many wasps around yet so I should be safe.”
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