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Oxfordshire man to break new ground at London Marathon 2012

April 11, 2012

A press release from Leonard Cheshire Disability:

“Five years ago I struggled to getup the road, so it’s an enormous personal achievement to be taking on the London Marathon now.” Andy Gardiner



An Oxfordshire man will break new ground this year, as he completes the Virgin London Marathon in his wheelchair for Leonard Cheshire Disability.


The 35-year-old from Bicester took up sport following an accident in 2003, when his leg was amputated. He went on to become a squad member of the GB shooting team and twice winner of the Oxfordshire Disabled Sportsperson of the Year title.


The Bicester man will help break new ground at the Marathon, when he becomes one of five wheelchair users who will race alongside 35,000 other runners in the mass event this year. Previously, wheelchair entrants were restricted to the elite wheelchair races for professional athletes (1). Gardiner and his four fellow wheelchair users – as part of a two year scheme – will set off from theback of theGreenwich mass fieldwith the rest of the Marathon contestants.


Gardiner, who has been training for the event since April last year, aims to reach the finish line in The Mall within five hours and raise £1,800 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.


He said: “Five years ago I struggled to get up the road, so it’s an enormous personal achievement to be taking on the London Marathon. Sport is a huge part of my life, and if my participation in the marathon inspires more people to get involved then all the training will have paid off.”


Emma Barker, Events Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, adds: “We are delighted that Andy Gardiner is racing the London Marathon to raise funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability. We wish him lots of luck for his final preparations and look forward to seeing him at the finish line.”


If you would like to take part in a sporting event in support of Leonard Cheshire Disability, then the charity has a places for a number of events, including TriTogether – the unique short distance triathlon for people of all ages and abilities to swim, bike and run together in August  2012. Visit http://www.LCDisability/events, email or call 0870 420 4301 to find out more.


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