Solicitor overcomes odds to run marathon

A SOLICITOR who suffered serious spinal injuries in a road accident has overcome the odds and is training to run the London Marathon. Charlotte Knappett was catapulted into a bush and was left with a fractured back following a collision with a van when she was out running in August 2004.

James Hore

A SOLICITOR who suffered serious spinal injuries in a road accident has overcome the odds and is training to run the London Marathon.

Charlotte Knappett was catapulted into a bush and was left with a fractured back following a collision with a van when she was out running in August 2004.

The Colchester woman was lucky not to be paralysed, but following a four month break from running combined with intensive physiotherapy she was able to start again.

Ms Knappett still suffers from pain in her back, neck and legs, but the 28-year-old has not let the discomfort put her off her training for the 26-mile challenge next month.

The solicitor, who works for Fisher Jones Greenwood in Colchester, is running for two charities - Spinal Research and the Colchester and Tendring Women's Refuge.

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She said: “I had to defer my place last year, but this time I feel I am back in pretty good form and shape.

“Both charities are very special to me. Spinal Research is special for obvious reasons, but I dedicate the majority of my time at Fisher Jones Greenwood helping people who are suffering from domestic violence.

“Colchester Women's Aid is a marvellous organisation which often does not get the recognition it deserves. There are many people in abusive relationships and the very latest figures show that domestic violence occurs in one in four intimate relationships which is a staggering figure.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Ms Knappett's efforts for the women's refuge should call 01206 217574 or to donate to Spinal Research go to www.justgiving.com/charlotteknappett.

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