Leslie's brittle bones won't stop his marathon mission in Cheltenham
BORN with brittle bones, brave Leslie Hampton has never been able to run.
The 47-year-old took to swimming as his only safe way to stay active during his childhood.
But on September 15, he will attempt to complete the Cheltenham Half Marathon .
While others run the 13.1 mile route next month, Leslie will tackle the route in a wheelchair donated to him especially for the event.
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"I wanted a personal challenge," said Leslie, who lives in Alstone Lane, Cheltenham. "After reading about the half marathon, I thought I should give it a go.
"I watched the Paralympics last year and it made me realise I could do something.
"But what started out as a personal challenge has become more. Now I want to raise money for a cause."
As a member of the Brittle Bone Society, half the proceeds will go to the charity.
The other half will go to Leslie's son-in-law, James Tingle, to buy the 26-year-old new sensory equipment to help with his sight.
"He lives in a special home in Gloucester and needs some new equipment," said Leslie, an insulation technician at Ashchurch military base, near Tewkesbury.
"I was born with brittle bones and it has affected me a lot.
"I always had broken bones when I was younger and I spent a lot of time in hospital."
Brittle bones, also known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, is a genetic condition present from birth and requires a lot of intervention.
To help him finish his marathon challenge, Leslie has been given a chair from Cheltenham-based service Disabled Care & Mobility.
"My arms will suffer. My joints and back will suffer," he said.
"For me, the Paralympics were an inspiration. I train six times a week and I feel this is an opportunity for me.
"I go to the gym and I like to swim a lot. I am doing the half marathon because I wanted to do something different and to make use of all the training I have been doing.
"Despite my condition, I lead a normal life and, because of my disability, I have to keep my muscles fit, so swimming helps me a lot.
"Some days are tough, but I hope the training will be worth it when I finish."
Visit www.justgiving.com/Leslie-Hampton to donate.