102-year-old marathon runner inspires disabled man to take part

102-year-old marathon runner inspires disabled man to take part

Renowned marathon runner 102-year-old Fauja Singh, also known as the 'Turbaned Tornado', has inspired a wheelchair-bound man to take part in the London Marathon this weekend.

Gary Donald has not taken part in anything sport related for the last 20 years, but the incredible efforts of the man described as the world's oldest marathon runner have made him realise that he doesn't have to give up on sport. A spinal condition has meant that he will complete the race using just his arms to push the wheelchair along.

Gary Donald has said that people were surprised that he wanted to do the marathon at 58 years old, but his inspiration from Fauja Singh, who has only just retired, has encouraged him to try sports again.

There are plenty of ways to help wheelchair users get involved in sports again, from purchasing mobility cars to get to sports venues to finding inspiration from sportspeople; a little bit of encouragement can go a long way.

 

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