A MAN from Harwich who has been left in a wheelchair following a crash in a motocross race will probably be taking up the London Marathon.
Craig Manning, 38 who was a mechanic, had a eager curiosity in motorbikes it was at all times his boyhood dream to trip motocross.
In 2018, and after rebuilding a motorcycle he entered himself into the Farleigh Fort Classic Motocross Race.
However on the second day of the occasion, Craig was concerned in a life-changing accident that left him with a spinal cord injury.
He stated: “The crash was a giant one, so I’m instructed.
“I got here off on a downhill, the bike catapulted within the air and it landed on my again.
“I used to be airlifted to the Bristol Hospital the place they began to bolt me again collectively.”
Craig Manning, of Harwich. Image: WheelPower
After an prolonged time frame at hospital Craig was moved to the Nationwide Spinal Accidents Centre at Stoke Mandeville to proceed his rehabilitation.
Throughout his on the spinal unit Craig met Michael Nixon, a 34-year-old from Northamptonshire who severely damaging his spinal cord after falling from a roof on a farm.
The pair have grow to be good associates and have now set their sights on finishing the 26.2-mile London Marathon collectively in a bid to boost money for WheelPower.
The charity h helped with their rehabilitation with wheelchair expertise periods and the help of bodily exercise advisors.
Craig added: “I’ve come a hell of a great distance in 4 years.
“The London Marathon has at all times been on the bucket record, so why let my new self in a wheelchair cease that from occurring.
“I’m quietly assured of doing properly and the intention is to push aspect by aspect all the way in which, smiles nonetheless intact, while elevating a lot of cash for such a terrific trigger.
“The work of WheelPower supplies enormous advantages for individuals like myself with a spinal cord injury.
“After such trauma it is laborious sufficient some days to get away from bed so for his or her advisors and sports activities periods to assist me to be extra lively was vastly necessary for my psychological and bodily well being.”