Wheelchair user completes Great East Run in support of Motor Neurone Disease.
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A 79-year-old Maldon man has completed the Great East Run in a wheelchair after he lost the use of his legs.
David Cooper took on the half-marathon this weekend as part of a 29 mile challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
He said: “It was a fantastic experience, the atmosphere was amazing.
“I thought I would struggle to get under three hours but I managed it in just over two and a half so I’m really pleased with that result.”
David will soon take on 10km races in Bournemouth and Portsmouth throughout October, covering a combined 29 miles in just two months to complete his fundraising challenge.
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He has now raised over £1,250 for the charity with donations still flooding in, but the wheelchair master will not be resting on his laurels.
David said: “I know that the Motor Neurone Disease Association are constantly working to try and make the condition bearable and to find a cure.
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“I don’t think they will for me but maybe one day they will for someone else.”
He continued: “I’m just looking forward to the next races now, one down two to go, bring ‘em on,”
To donate to the cause, visit David’s JustGiving page.