Man's wheelchair marathon success

Adam King (centre) completes wheelchair half marathon in Littleport, CambridgeshireAdam King completed the half marathon around his home village

A Cambridgeshire man with a severe form of cerebral palsy has finished a five-day half marathon to raise money for a new computer.

Adam King, 37, who cannot walk or talk, finished the event at Littleport Sports Centre on Sunday after steering his electric wheelchair around the village.

He has so far raised more than £1,600 towards the computer which will help him communicate through eye movement.

Mr King said the support he had received had been “fantastic”.

After being inspired by the London Marathon, Mr King started his half marathon last Wednesday before finishing it at the sport centre’s fun day on Sunday.

He drove his wheelchair on a route from his home on Limes Close around the nearby church and back again, five times a day.

The route was mapped out by the sports centre so it could be completed over five days.

‘Carry on regardless’

“The support from the people of Littleport just have been fantastic… especially Littleport sports centre,” said Mr King.

“I am feeling fantastic – although yesterday I was really tired, but that’s understandable.”

Claire Pendle, fun day co-ordinator, said Mr King was a remarkable man.

“He needs a computer and he’s doing as much as he can to raise money for it on his own,” she said.

“He’s not expecting to just be handed a computer or get it through any grants.

“He sent us an email a few days ago after the windy weather saying that the county show and the Suffolk Show had been cancelled because of the wind and rain, but he said he was going to carry on regardless.”

Mr King has athetoid cerebral palsy, meaning he has trouble eating, drinking and controlling his movements.

He currently communicates using a word board, but plans to buy a £16,000 system that will allow him to talk to others through eye movement and via the internet.

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