Amputee bids for marathon glory
Submitted by: www.tonymangan.com
Published Date: 01 October 2008
A scaffolder who had a leg amputated after plunging through the top floor of a house is hoping to smash a world marathon record.
One-legged athlete Simon Baker, originally from Brixton, south-west London, is aiming to run the fastest 26 miles on crutches when he competes in the Dublin City Marathon later this month. And not content with running the distance in under seven hours, 13 minutes without a prosthetic leg, the amputee is doing it all for a children’s charity.
Mr Baker, 41, said he put his own troubles into perspective after hearing about seriously-ill children who are treated to outings by the Bubblegum Club. ‘When I heard about the Bubblegum Club, I realised how trivial losing was my leg was,’ he said.