Injured runner facing tough challenge after unwittingly signing up for competitive race

This Is Lancashire: Ken Curley who has signed up for the Bolton 10k run Ken Curley who has signed up for the Bolton 10k run

AN injured athlete who aimed to ease himself back into running with a charity fun run accidentally signed up for a competitive 10k race.

Scaffolder Ken Curley, aged 27, of Goldrill Avenue, Breightmet, snapped his anterior cruciate ligament while playing football at Leverhulme Park seven years ago.

After getting back to full fitness, Mr Curley went online to sign up for the Bupa Great Manchester Run.

But when he stumbled across the Bolton 10k, he assumed this was also a non-competitive race — before hearing from a friend that it was an event for serious runners.

However, this has not stopped father-of-one Mr Curley, who has now started training for the Bolton 10k.

Mr Curley, whose friend’s son has cerebral palsy, hopes to raise £1,000 for the UK disability charity Scope by completing the run.

He said: ‘’I went online to register but ended up visiting the wrong site. The 10k Bolton run was listed above it and I stupidly assumed it would be a similar sort of charity race. The first time I told my friends I had signed up to the wrong race they all just laughed at me. They thought it was incredibly stupid of me.

“They thought it was funny that I‘d I had signed up to any race at all. The idea of me doing much walking at all is laughable to them. Now, I just have to train hard and make an impact. I’m not preparing to make a fool of myself.

“I have a daughter, aged four who is healthy, but not all families are lucky enough to have that, so I’m doing this run for them.”

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11:11am Sat 1 Feb 14

Freddie09 says...

An we all needed to know this because....???....??
?....how is this news???
An we all needed to know this because....???....?? ?....how is this news??? Freddie09

1:01pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Bolton-bus-seat-sniffer says...

Was a scroat at school, still is a scroat!
Was a scroat at school, still is a scroat! Bolton-bus-seat-sniffer

9:39am Sun 2 Feb 14

jjb2000 says...

All these types of event attract a competitive element, but that does not make it an event just for 'serious runners'
I've done the Bolton 10k a few times and various other 5 and 10k runs as well, and in my experience there are more 5 and 10k virgins, fun runners, and general participants than there are serious ones, and thank goodness that is the case otherwise loads of people would be put off entering such an event if they thought it was just for the elite guys.
So good luck Mr Curley, hope you raise what you want, but most importantly just enjoy the event, although FYI the Bolton 10k is usually treacherous underfoot in many parts so you might want to train accordingly.
All these types of event attract a competitive element, but that does not make it an event just for 'serious runners' I've done the Bolton 10k a few times and various other 5 and 10k runs as well, and in my experience there are more 5 and 10k virgins, fun runners, and general participants than there are serious ones, and thank goodness that is the case otherwise loads of people would be put off entering such an event if they thought it was just for the elite guys. So good luck Mr Curley, hope you raise what you want, but most importantly just enjoy the event, although FYI the Bolton 10k is usually treacherous underfoot in many parts so you might want to train accordingly. jjb2000

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