When Gary Richmond was beaten up and left for dead, doctors told his partner Karen he may not even survive an operation to remove part of his skull.
They said that if he did pull through that he would face a long journey on the road to recovery. Three years later, the pair are still on that journey together.
Gary now suffers from epilepsy while Karen Taylor is lacing up her running shoes for the Bupa Great North Run to raise money for charity. The 46-year-old from Johnson Fold has been with Gary for 25 years and says they have both had to come to terms with the condition.