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Marathon Michael defies the odds

Michael Beckett (58) from Clitheroe who took up running after a double hip replacement operation and now runs marathons. (s)

Michael Beckett (58) from Clitheroe who took up running after a double hip replacement operation and now runs marathons. (s)

A chronic Osteoarthritis sufferer from the Ribble Valley will take part in the first Chester MBNA Metric Marathon thanks to double hip replacement surgery.

Michael Beckett (58) spent years adapting his lifestyle after being diagnosed with the debilitating condition and eventually undergoing surgery in November 2009.

Michael said: “I was a very active person and so when I was diagnosed with the condition, I was devastated. My condition got progressively worse because I was in so much pain. A few months before I had the hip replacement operation, I couldn’t even walk 100 metres.”

After recovery, Michael was able to start low impact exercising: “After the surgery, I was determined to lose weight and get back into exercise. I started going to the gym and running on the treadmill, something I didn’t think would ever be possible.”

After being able to finally take up running again, Michael has lost four stone and completed two marathons. He will now take part in Chester’s first metric marathon, which sees runners take on a distance of 26.2 km (just over 16 miles). The metric marathon aims to give runners the same race day experience as the full marathon, taking in the best parts of the full route.

Michael concluded: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the first metric marathon as the distance suits me perfectly. Running has changed my life and I now have goals to aim for and something to dedicate my time to. Everyone used to tell me about the running bug and it’s not until I started running long distances that I knew exactly what they meant.”

 

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