Matt steps up to the challenge of the Hull Half Marathon after serious brain injury

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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