Feeling the breeze in my hair, seeing the world from a foot taller and the ability to conquer the previously unconquerable – all experiences I felt when I started running after 14 years in a wheelchair. Get your reading glasses on as I tell you the story of how I lost my leg and started the battle to begin to win the long run.Read More
Hello my name is Ben Sijmons. I’m 16 and from the Netherlands and I had to do an international internship in an English speaking environment because I do a bilingual study . I choose to do my internship in England. I got to know Jamie during a Judo training in the Netherlands and I found out that he was an amputee and an accountant. This was really interesting for me because I want to do something with economics and I was interested to see what his day to day life is like being an amputee. I asked Jamie if I could do my internship with him and he agreed. In this blog I will tell about my experience during this week with Jamie.Read More
Last year, I was looking through the Obstacle Course Race World Championships (OCRWC) qualification criteria and came across The Nuts Challenge. I remember the title of the run catching my attention but wondering really how nuts it would be…..I guess that I was soon to find out..Read More
Congratulation! You’ve signed up for your first OCR (Obstacle Course Race) or at the very least, you’re thinking about signing up. You’ve taken your first step to entering a community and starting a race like no other. Obstacle Racing is pretty challenging with lots of crawling, climbing, jumping and sliding but check out these tips on how to prepare for your first OCR.Read More
What is life like for an able-bodied person? That’s a tricky question. Most able-bodied people wouldn’t be able to tell you, simply because they have nothing to compare it to. However, the easiest way to explain it is that as a person without a disability, the world is made with you in mind. You are the template for design, architecture, furniture, clothing, and much, much more.
So what happens when your life takes a turn unexpectedly? What happens when your health turns upside down? How do you cope? What now?Read More
When you’re in a routine and on a roll with your training, you don’t want to think about rest days. The thought of stopping for the day seems pretty daunting, let alone stopping for a week! Despite the daunting nature of rest days, they really can be your best days of training, allowing you to recover, re-group and align your goals.Read More
Do I have an adapted car? How do you drive with one foot? Can you drive a manual? Yes, easily and yes. Perhaps some of the most common questions and for me, very simple answers however there are really quite a lot of options available to amputees.Read More
January - the month of person plans, annual target setting and ultimate reflection. So with that in mind, what have I been doing with my January so far?Read More
Kawasaki is my best buddy and has now been missing for 5 weeks. Not just a cat, Kawasaki is a huge part of my life and is severely missed. Here’s his story:Read More
The Tough Mudder event in Dubai marked the end of my season for the year. The end of a crazy, 35-event fuelled season, finishing on a total of 55 events and 450 miles ran just in this year alone in Tough Mudder mud/sand.Read More
The Winter Wonderwheels event, as part of the Superhero Series, is the UK’s only disability sports event for everyday Superheroes! They create a really fun, personally challenging environment for those with disabilities without the worry of time or equipment restrictions. Whether you have none, one or two feet, travelling in a wheelchair or flying in a rocket, nothing is impossible - I’m yet to see a rocket though!Read More
2018 was my year of experimentation. A year, my first full year of walking, to see where I wanted to take my life and career. With incredible opportunities taken and awesome teams joined, the 2018 season is almost at its end. So with that in mind, where do I see my plans heading for 2019?Read More
The asics frontrunners are a team - a team of like-minded and talented individuals in the pursuit of movement. Whether that’s running, cycling, walking, swimming or judo, the team pulls together the experiences and talents of others to share within the group and to inspire others into movement. Until this weekend, I thought I knew what it was to be an asics Frontrunner but the past few days in Dublin have opened my eyes.Read More
Deep in the countryside of West Sussex, a hidden gem of an obstacle course is placed. With a permanent 135 acre site, the Mud Monsters Run promises an extremely muddy course packed full of obstacles.Read More
World’s Toughest Mudder is just around the corner. With 24 hours of obstacle-fuelled exhaustion, here’s my pit plan for how I will achieve my target:Read More
As we now start to venture into darkened nights, we now find that our runs start to get darker and darker. Not only are we having to think about how to be seen but also how to see as well as all of the other challenges that running at night has. Whether you are going for a jog in low light or running throughout the night, this blog will give you some tips and hints as to how to manage it.Read More
A controversial question however one that I am often asked when speaking to other sufferers of CRPS/chronic pain. Unless you’re in that head space, it’s so difficult to understand why an individual would wish to amputate a limb - especially against doctor’s wishes. Having said that, I am contacted a number of times a week to guide people through the process so what better way to speak to the masses then to write a blog post!Read More
Growing up, I had a very difficult time relating to others and was never truly able to gain inspiration from others. I had a very difficult childhood, consisting of multiple operations, very difficult family members and multiple types of abuse – all of which lead me to a very dark place.
Struggling to relate to others, I somehow grew strength from inside and continued to persevere through some extremely difficult times. It certainly wasn’t easy however, now I have come through the other side, I see the importance of being able to be a role model for others and inspiring them to achieve.Read More
Surprisingly, I never feel ready for a race. Whether I’ve broken my collarbone or my stump is sore, I never feel ready for the upcoming run. Despite not feeling 100%, most of the time, as soon as the adrenaline kicks in, I never seem to notice the niggles and my body tends to hold up.
I suppose niggles are just a part of a runner’s life. Here’s how I pushed through those niggles to achieve 30 miles at Europe’s Toughest Mudder and two standard Tough Mudders in one weekend:Read More