I am going to attempt to complete a half marathon run on the 14th February this year after just 3-4 weeks training, and seeing as it is Valentine’s day, Karin has agreed to be my date and run it with me.
We may have made a slight mistake with the running venue choice. It did sound like a mild/quiet half marathon, but weve since read that it's most loved by competition runners who love the course. Looking at last years results, the Safety car driver may wish to take a packed lunch this year.
It is around 4 months since I have managed to return to a normal kind of walk after receiving an ankle bone implant & extensive metalwork during spinal surgery (although Karin says this is nothing compared to the blister she currently has on her left foot).
The Incident occurred during a speedwing-paraglider launch last May & I was left with significant injuries.
The wing collapsed shortly after take-off. I impacted heavily at the top of a cliff edge before tumbling unsupported 80ft down the rock face wrapped in equipment.
The result was a broken spine, multiple fractures, some brain haemorrhage and chest injuries resulting in a collapsed lung, plus a bit more.
I have little memory of the event and the following days, so can still remain blissfully unaware of the traumatic events and days that I put my fiancée, family & friends though.
I'm Humbled by all the moral support I've had from Friends & Family near and far. My work mates & employers also gave me fantastic help and assistance in so many ways.
The resulting mess was no surprise.... However the swift and lifesaving response from the people and agencies involved really was!
I was rescued from a difficult location well over a 1000ft up the mountain.
Dozens of rescuers mobilised to the location and scaled to the scene with admirable skill & fitness, this included the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, the Great North Air Ambulance & RAF Crew in a second helicopter (Sea King) which managed to evacuate both the Air ambulance crew & myself in stretcher to a safe location for a transfer to the Air Ambulance.
I want to hugely thank all these people involved; I do feel lucky to be alive!
2 of these agencies rely entirely on donations for their funding, hence the reason for my up and coming pain.
I am looking to raise further awareness, support and 50/50 sponsorship for The Great North Air Ambulance and also Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue team.
Running is the hardest and probably the most painful thing that I can currently do to myself, I haven’t done anything more than Jog a few miles in the last 15 years...and that was when I was well.
In a few weeks, on the 14th Feb, I will run 13 miles….. agreed the majority of it will be behind every competition runner in the race, but my only aim is to finish! Karin, as always, will be alongside me the whole time, as she has been throughout this recent rollercoaster x.
Although still in daily discomfort and over 3cm shorter, I’m moving ahead and looking forward to the future. Running.... well it's problematic. That’s the mechanics, 5 spinal vertebrae held together with many screws and scaffold isn’t a body addition that supports flexibility/shock absorption. "Long term", running will not be the choice activity for me.
All in all I feel very fortunate to be in a position to walk, let alone manage to run, I am not only doing this to raise much needed funds for the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance Service, but it’s also .......
“because I can”