A runner dubbed “Forrest Stump” completed a 630-mile run along the British coast on June 19-despite only having one leg. Colin Edwards a transtibial amputee, jogged the equivalent of a half marathon every day since May 1, as part of a fund-raising effort for Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Technology – Education and Research (PORT-ER), an Exeter, England-based nonprofit group that provides grants, seminars, and running events for amputees and people requiring mobility aids. He raised more than £5,300.
Edwards, 56, injured his right leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 19, but there were complications and ten years ago he had to have his leg amputated, according to an article in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. He said it left him feeling down but he channeled his determination to keep going into running.
“At the age of 45, I decided to start running again…,” Edwards was quoted as saying, adding that as his fitness improved, he started to help a variety of charities through running and climbing, and was given the nickname of “Forrest Stump.”
Edwards said that running with a prosthesis is a lot harder-but just like Forrest Gump, he keeps on running.