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Nick Smith

London Marathon 2019

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My story

[p] [b][u]London Marathon 2019[/u][/b][/p][p] [/p][p] After giving it a lot of thought I have decided to give the London Marathon another go. I have been lucky enough to be given a golden ticket, and this year I shall be running on behalf of Spinal Research, a charity that helps people with one of the most difficult areas of the body to diagnose.[/p][p] This cause is very close to me due to on the 9th September 2005, I was knocked off my motorbike, by a car that pulled out of a junction on a roundabout in Newark in Lincolnshire, resulting in me doing a small superman impression over the boot of the BMW and landing on my back whilst wearing a rucksack. This in turn arched my back and dislodged one of my disc’s, the bike followed me and landed on my leg.[/p][p] After 15 months of Physio I had an MRI scan due to the pain I was still in,where it was found that the Disc was pressing on my Sciatic nerve in my spinal column and I needed an operation to replace it. My operation was in July 2007 and due to the research that has already been done it was successful and I have been in pretty much tip top condition since.[/p][p] I still get the occasional pain but it mainly occurs in the winter months, or if I stand in one position for a long period of time.[/p][p] So with the injuries I received in 2005 and the following surgery, the task of training for, and, completing a Marathon was one personal achievement I can be proud of.[/p][p] This year I will have a longer training schedule and will not be pushing my broken body to the limits in such a short period of time.[/p][p] Could you please give to this fantastic charity, any donation will help no matter how small. [/p][p]The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as falls (41.7%), road traffic accidents (36.8%) or sports injuries (11.4%), Spinal injuries can affect everyone and every day 3 people in the UK are told that they will never walk again, Over 50,000 people in the UK are paralysed due to spinal cord injuries and more than 2.5 people worldwide lie with paralysis by spinal cord injuries, which is why I’m running for them to give something back.[/p][p] [/p]

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Jun 3, 2019


Thanks for having fun with us in our Challenge Zone at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show


Jun 1, 2019


£580.00 plus £145.00 Gift Aid

May 27, 2019


May 24, 2019


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 22, 2019

Tim G

Well done fella!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2019

Andy White

Well Done Nick!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2019


Well done.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 10, 2019


Donation from Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd


May 7, 2019

Gary Tellyn

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid