Disabled man runs through Milton Keynes
27 September 2010, 13:11
A man - who lost his lower right leg and right arm when a landmine exploded near him 15 years ago - has been running through Milton Keynes today.
48-year-old Chris Moon MBE has set himself the challenge of covering 36 miles a day, every day, for the 30 days of September. It's all to raise money for the children's charity Barnado's, and is being supported by the Post Office Ltd, Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide.
Chris lost his limbs while he was supervising mine-clearance in Mozambique in 1995. Less than a year after leaving hospital, he ran the London Marathon and since then has completed more than 15 other marathons as well as most of the world's ultra distance races.
By the time he has finished this challenge he will have run more than 1,000 miles.
Staff at Post Offices, Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide sites have been raising money for him, and today he stopped off at Parcelforce's HQ near Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes.
Chris had already run 13 miles before he arrived, explaining: "I try and get in the miles as early as I can - particularly now the days are getting shorter, it's very noticeable. So I try to get out by 6.30, quarter to 7." Chris then ran a further two miles around the lake with members of staff in MK and will finish his miles off today by running between Winslow and Oxford.
Chris told Heart he's had a great reaction from people he's met along the way:
"You see a side to people that you wouldn't have otherwise seen. Perhaps the look on my face does give away the fact that I'm a one-armed, one-legged bloke running 36 miles a day. But they're all very supportive and understand why I want to do it for Barnado's."
And he told us about his main challenge:
"Something like this is all about not getting injured and not getting sick. And of course being an amputee you've got much more to manage because you do get blisters on the stump or residual limb, and it's about managing that in a way that you deal with everything before it starts to get out of control."
Chris started running on 1st September in Edinburgh and is expected to finish his challenge on 30th September in Greater London.
If you want to contribute towards his fundraising efforts, text BELIEVE to 70700 - you'll be charged £5 per text, of which Barnado's will receive at least £4.21.