Sporting Comeback At The Great Manchester Run
Amputee Keith Oulton is preparing to make his sporting comeback almost two decades after he appeared at the Paralympics.
Watching wife Karen take part in the Morrisons Great Manchester Run in 2014 was his spur to enter this year's event on Sunday, May 10.
Keith was a member of the Great Britain Standing Volleyball team at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
His inclusion was just the lift he needed months after having his right leg amputated below the knee following complications.
The 53-year-old IT sales manager said: "Atlanta was a phenomenal experience and really helped my rehabilitation. I'd played volleyball before my amputation in 1995 and could walk again once I'd had a prosthetic leg fitted.
"I was a spectator at the Manchester 10k last year and was amazed by the occasion and size of the crowds and Karen said 'why not have a go?'
"Basically, I got sucked in and was panicking whether I'd get round but I'm sure I'll be fine. Our daughter Leanne is getting married in June so that's another incentive to get fit.
"I'd never run anywhere near 10 kilometres when I had two legs and if I'm struggling I'm sure the spectators lining the route will drag me round. Runners were helping each other out last year."
Keith is a Trustee of ‘Art with a Heart', a charity which raises awareness of art and heritage in Altrincham where he lives (www.artwithaheart.org.uk)
The Morrisons Great Manchester Run is now in its 13th year and is once again expected to attract a field of up to 40,000 runners, making it Europe's biggest 10k run.
To enter go to www.greatrun.org/Manchester.