Yorkshiremen Matt will take on his local half marathon after learning to walk and talk again.
Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
Runner Matt Burke knows all about the importance of that first step when you’re faced with a difficult journey.
In 2012, Matt was putting some scaffolding away when the ladders gave way and he fell on to concrete. He suffered a serious brain injury and had to learn to walk and talk again.
Two years after his accident he managed to complete the Asda Foundation Hull 10K in a sports wheelchair, raising money for the Kingston Panthers basketball team.
And last year this determined Yorkshireman conquered the Yorkshire Marathon in a very creditable time of 4:21. But he’s not resting on his laurels and on Sunday 2nd June Matt will be on the start line for the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon.
Matt, who was 28-years-old when he suffered his injury, said: “I have found that training for an endurance event is as much a psychological challenge as a physical one.
“Taking that first step is the hard bit. After that you just have to be determined to keep going. Completing the marathon was a great experience and now I’ve got that medal – no one can take that away from me.
“Now I’m looking forward to the Hull Half Marathon.”
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