Andy Grant Journal

Andy Grant Journal

Jasmine McHale - October 14, 2020

For many that have experienced it, going through trauma can be one of the most demanding physical and mental battles you can go through. Andy Grant, former marine turned record-breaker, overcame his biggest challenge back in 2009 when he was caught in an explosion that required an amputated leg.

When speaking of his experience, he shared that the explosion was the most defining moment of his life: 

“With just 6 weeks left before I was due home from Afghanistan I was caught in an explosion when 2 IEDs were triggered. I suffered 27 separate injuries and was in a coma for 2 weeks. One of my injuries meant that my right leg would have to be amputated below the knee. This was probably the most defining moment in my life.”

After losing his limb, Andy has stopped at nothing to overcome adversity and set goals for his future. In just a few years post-recovery, he has become a podcast host, set world records, taken on mountain climbing and braved so many more physical challenges.

“For me, going through adversity and challenges can be a huge positive as it makes you more resilient. It gave me the confidence to try new things and push myself in directions that I’ve never been in before. What’s the worst that can happen? That’s what pushes me on.”

Andy, for a long time has took a different perspective on life than most, seeing the positives that life can offer between the tougher moments:

“I lost my Mum when I was 12 so I guess I always viewed life a little differently than others. I realised early on that we only get one life and I was determined to make the most of mine.”

Since the accident, Andy has written books, hosted motivational talks and attended countless events, with the key message being that anything in life can be possible:

“In 2009 I was blown up and told id never run or be able to have children. In 2019 I finished the Liverpool marathon and my daughter was waiting for me at the finish line.”

“Without doubt I’m the luckiest person in the world.”

With his can-do spirit and determination proving that his amputation is not slowing him down, Andy Grant shares one of his greatest achievements since recovery:

“I was always into fitness and sport being in the Marines, but it was Princes Harry Invictus games that was the catalyst for running. I was lucky enough to win a couple of Gold medals and that set me on my path for the 10km world record which I went on to break by running 10km in 37:17”

“Keeping a routine and the gym keeps me motivated. Surrounded by likeminded motivated individuals is a big one as I believe you are the average of the 5 people you see most.”

Even with a world record behind him, Andy is stopping at nothing to become his best: 

“The 25th of November will be 10 years since I had my leg amputated so I want to be in the best shape of my life to mark this special 10-year anniversary. I’ve been training hard and although this isn't a big goal in terms of some goals, I have had in the past this is a personal one for me so I’m excited to see the shape I can get myself into. 

Growing up in Liverpool, Andy shares how the team brought him more than just a distraction at the time of the incident

“I am a huge Liverpool fan and I think being a big fan has helped to give me a distraction at times to what I was going through. I have made some amazing friends through going to watch Liverpool and given some of the come backs Liverpool have had over the years it's maybe played a part in my own comeback story by giving hope.”

His one piece of advice?

“NEVER GIVE UP. Life is tough, challenging and bad things happen to good people. The thing to remember is that it's not the challenge that defines you, it's how you react to it.”