Meet Sophie | Overcoming an Injury

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Meet Sophie | Overcoming an Injury

Sophie's Storymanchester marathon

In 2010 I went out for a quick ride on the horse I was sharing while my 4 year old son was having his lesson. We'd hardly gone any distance when a rabbit ran straight out of the hedge towards me and this great big half shire reared in horror and span. I made a swift exit out the side, landing on my hand with a sickening noise. Turns out I'd managed to break all the bones in my hand by the wrist, dislocate it, break my elbow and disconnect the two long bones in my forearm. And put one of the long bones through a nerve. Four operations later they had put everything in the right place, sort of, but my fingers didn't work, and once I came out of plaster after 4 months, I couldn't move my wrist. A year later I had my wrist fused so at least it was solid and I came to terms with my big scars and weird arm. In 2013 I decided to do something positive, and as a lifelong non runner, thought I'd do couch to 5k. And found I'd just needed to learn to run! In the September I did a half marathon, and when out training met a 68 year old lady who told me I should do a triathlon like her. Somehow that seemed like a good idea, so I re-learnt to swim one armed, got a bike and worked that out, and did a pool sprint tri! Since then I did a marathon in 2016, open water tris, and am hoping to do a longer open water swim event in 2017. Oh, and organise a cycling festival again to raise funds for dementia support, work, and try desperately to keep up on the bike with my son! Sophie is proof that with determination, nothing can stand in your way. IMG_7902

Sophie's Story

In 2010 I went out for a quick ride on the horse I was sharing while my 4 year old son was having his lesson. We'd hardly gone any distance when a rabbit ran straight out of the hedge towards me and this great big half shire reared in horror and span. I made a swift exit out the side, landing on my hand with a sickening noise. Turns out I'd managed to break all the bones in my hand by the wrist, dislocate it, break my elbow and disconnect the two long bones in my forearm. And put one of the long bones through a nerve.

Four operations later they had put everything in the right place, sort of, but my fingers didn't work, and once I came out of plaster after 4 months, I couldn't move my wrist.

A year later I had my wrist fused so at least it was solid and I came to terms with my big scars and weird arm. In 2013 I decided to do something positive, and as a lifelong non runner, thought I'd do couch to 5k. And found I'd just needed to learn to run! In the September I did a half marathon, and when out training met a 68 year old lady who told me I should do a triathlon like her. Somehow that seemed like a good idea, so I re-learnt to swim one armed, got a bike and worked that out, and did a pool sprint tri! Since then I did a marathon in 2016, open water tris, and am hoping to do a longer open water swim event in 2017. Oh, and organise a cycling festival again to raise funds for dementia support, work, and try desperately to keep up on the bike with my son!

Sophie is proof that with determination, nothing can stand in your way.

3 years ago
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