Wheelchair user completes Great East Run in support of Motor Neurone Disease.

David Cooper will now attempt two more races in Bournemouth and Portsmouth Picture: DAVID COOPER

David Cooper will now attempt two more races in Bournemouth and Portsmouth Picture: DAVID COOPER - Credit: Archant

A 79-year-old Maldon man has completed the Great East Run in a wheelchair after he lost the use of his legs.

David ran the Great East Run for the Motor Neurone Disease Association Picture: DAVID COOPER

David ran the Great East Run for the Motor Neurone Disease Association Picture: DAVID COOPER - Credit: Archant

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.

Read more about David’s story here.

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.

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