Barkingside finish for brave Chris’ 1,000-mile run
A HUGE roar erupted as an out-of-breath Chris Moon charged for the finish line, after 1,080 miles and four different prosthetic legs.
The 48-year-old arrived in Tanners Lane, Barkingside, with the pain of 40 marathons in 30 days etched across his face.
The married dad-of-two lost the lower half of his right leg and his right arm in 1995 after a landmine explosion in Mozambique as he joined charity volunteers clearing land.
The ex-army officer, an ultra-distance runner, had extra prosthetic legs made after learning of the demands the challenge would put on the durability of his specially-adapted leg.
His challenge, which kicked off in Edinburgh on September 1, was set up to raise money for Barnardo’s Believe in Children appeal.
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On Thursday, Chris set foot on the grounds of the children’s charity’s Barkingside headquarters to end his 30-day gruelling challenge.
He said: “It’s been the most remarkable journey I have ever experienced.
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“It was a very tough and arduous challenge at times but I am delighted to have been able to complete what I set out to do.”
With the heel of his prosthetic limb making it uncomfortable to stand still or walk, Chris says it helped him to get the motivation to run during some of the toughest days.
He said: “I wasn’t going to let myself see anything other than the finish line.
“Some days we changed the route so I could run on easier terrain. At the start I was doing nine or ten minute miles, by the end I was doing 14 minute miles.”
The Post Office 1,000 Challenge, a 36-mile-a-day run, saw Chris, of Glasgow, pound pavements and fields in places including Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Bristol as he toured the UK.
Barnardo’s chief executive Martin Narey said: “Chris has completed a magnificent feat.
“Barnardo’s is so grateful for his incredible efforts over the last month.
“The money raised will help us to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK.”