Bowker manager to run first marathon 11 years after leg injury

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A Bowker Group manager is set to run his first marathon since a snowmobile accident nearly cost him his leg 11 years ago.

In February 2013, group implementation manager Richard Cowell sustained serious injuries, including a six-inch bone-deep gash in his leg, after losing control of a snowmobile and colliding with a tree at approximately 50mph. The accident happended during a trip in Vancouver sponsored by BMW. 

On the 14th of April, Richard from Rawtenstall will compete in the Adidas Manchester Marathon, the UK's second-largest marathon. Known for its welcoming atmosphere and support for runners of all levels, the event is an ideal platform for Richard's first-ever marathon challenge.

He hopes to raise funds for Kieran's Angels, a charity group formed for his friend, Kieran Keigher, which supports cancer research in the UK.

"The accident happened a long time ago now. I’ve fully recovered. But, if you'd asked me ten years ago about running a marathon - I’d have thought you were mad. But here I am. I’ve been training hard and am optimistic I can finish the race. 

“More importantly than the personal challenge, I want to raise as much money as possible for an important cause. I received great medical care when I needed it ten years ago. I’m very grateful for that. If taking on the marathon challenge helps others - even in a small way - it’s a simple way I  can show my gratitude."

Back in 2013, despite doctors advising a twelve-week recovery period, Richard returned to work after just four weeks. The accident left him with injuries that posed a significant threat to his mobility. 

Richard’s fundraising page

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