AN inspirational runner is determined to put his best foot forward despite suffering an unlucky break which will see him run a 10k wearing a cast!
Robert Burrell is refusing to cool his heels despite fracturing a bone in his foot in three places and aims to complete an awe-inspiring line-up of events.
They include the Men’s Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) 10k next month, the Glasgow River Rat Race (a 10k assault course) and Tough Mudder (an infamous 10-12 mile assault course).
Resilient Robert will be tackling the Men’s 10k at Bellahouston Park on June 16 in aid of Help for Heroes.
Remarkably, the 31-year-old is new to running and decided this was the year to get fitter and healthier.
He said: “I injured my foot landing badly after jumping for a header playing football.
“I knew immediately I had damaged the foot, but didn’t think it would be to the extent it is.
“I need to wear my cast for a minimum of six weeks. It is too early to know when I will be able to run on my foot again as I will require another x-ray in a few weeks’ time.
“I was gutted at the thought of not being able to take part in the events I had trained hard for all year.
“I am quite a stubborn person and don’t like being told what I can’t do.
“With the support of my family and friends, I see this as just another challenge on the way to hitting my fitness goals.”
Robert, from Woodhill, Bishopbriggs, has been attending the gym at the Leisuredrome and receiving physio at Stobhill Hospital.
As part of the preparations for the Men’s 10k, Robert took part in a recent 6.66k training event – despite having to swap a trainer for a boot cast!
He said: “The weather was pretty wild on the day of the race, but everyone I spoke to was in good spirits.
“Despite the awkwardness of the bootcast, and a bit of pain, I got round the 6.66k in 1hr 10mins, which I was pleased with.
“I can’t thank the organisers enough for allowing me to still take part despite my injury, and also their patience and support on the day.”
And the former Woodhill Primary and Thomas Muir High pupil is determined to complete the Men’s 10k.
He said: “It is looking likely that I will still be in my boot cast for the 10k. I would have loved to have ran the race after all my training, however, I now have the challenge of raising money for charity as I hobble around the course trying to beat a time I have yet to agree with my physiotherapist!”
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Robert’s story epitomises the spirit of the MHFS 10k at Bellahouston Park on June 16 – Father’s Day.
A spokesperson for the Men’s 10k said: “Well done to Robert for such an amazing effort at the training event.
“It took real courage and stamina to make it round despite his injury and we hope he is an inspiration to all men that they too can go the distance.
“You can run, jog or walk round the course – do it your way and take a step towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.
“Remember though, it’s worth checking with your GP if you have any concerns – cast or not!”
You can sign up and get more information by visiting www.mens10k.com
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