5 Amputee Athletes Benefit from Charity Run

Our thanks to Scott Richardson from Pace Rehabilitation for sending this inspirational story


On a clear but frosty Sunday morning, on the rural edge of Chesham in Buckinghamshire, seven amputees were amongst 200 runners who were lining up for the 5th ‘Pednor 10’ charity run recently.

Organised by the Arctic One Foundation, the challenging 5-mile loop navigated through the picturesque rolling countryside of the Chiltern Hills and consisted of 2 laps for individual runners or 1 lap each for 2-person relay teams.

Proceeds from the event were being split equally between amongst five amputees, to enable them to purchase sports limbs.

As Arctic One founder Matt Kirby explained, “A running blade can enable a lower limb amputee to have a more natural running gait and participate in sport in the same way as able bodied athletes”. He continued, “Arctic One helps able bodied and disabled people to get involved in sport, so we are thrilled to be able to assist these worthy recipients”.

The amputees benefiting from the fund raising included Andy Lewis, Helen Chapman, Rio Woolf and Keira Roche (unfortunately Kieran Maxwell was unable to attend).

Joining them, to complete the Pednor 10 race were fellow amputees Scott Richardson and Jamie Gillespie from nearby Pace Rehabilitation. The company was also represented by their GB Paratriathlon patient Clare Cunningham.

Prior to the race, Clare said, “This is actually the furthest I’ve run in five years, as the run portion of a Paratriathlons is only five kilometers!” However, she needn’t have worried as she comfortably completed the race by out sprinting her husband Dave to the finish line, to claim the bragging rights in the Cunningham house.

All the amputee competitors successfully completed the course, including a very spirited Helen who did the whole ten miles on crutches. As she explained, “It was quite icy and I managed to face plant twice when my crutches slid away from me on the hilly sections, but I wasn’t going to give in!”

Recreational triathlete Jamie acted as a pace maker for Scott, who was competing in his first ever run since losing his leg more than thirteen years ago. Afterwards, a delighted Scott said, “I never ran much with two legs, let alone one.  However, having a running blade made the world of difference, so its great that the other amputees will benefit too from this event.”

As a result of entry fees, a raffle and donations from The Pednor 10, The Arctic One Foundation are presenting each of the amputee recipients with £700 to help fund their running devices and compete in future events.

Helen Chapman (45), from Walton on the Naze in Essex, was cast for her prosthetic running device at Pace on Wednesday (8th January), after successfully raising funds for this bespoke provision.  Helen plans to compete in the Silverstone Half Marathon in April and to encourage other amputees to run through her involvement with Limbpower.

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