A man is gearing up to undertake a marathon sporting effort following a accident that left him on crutches for five months.

Colne Valley Garden Centre managing director Jon Walker wants to prove that he is coming on leaps and bounds following his accident that left him with a badly broken ankle at work last year by signing up to the Leeds Half Marathon on May 11.

A sure fire way to prove if it has really healed the 51-year-old, who used to be a marathon runner, said that he is also taking on the 13 mile challenge to see whether he still has what it takes and to raise money for Huddersfield charity Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Jon, who was crowned Examiner green business award winner last year, broke his ankle and had to undergo two operations after falling five foot from a box of pallets in January 2013.

He was forced to stay off work for five months whilst medical staff attempted to reposition his heel and was only able to take up exercise at Christmas, almost one year later.

Yet five months on Jon is confident that he is ready for the challenge, which he will take on with thousands of other entrants from all over the country.

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Jon said: “I had to work from home for several months due to the accident but fortunately, if strangely, I didn’t experience much pain, just numbness.

“I decided at Christmas when I began exercising again to take on the half marathon and am looking forward to taking part.

“The biggest obstacle to overcome has been the fear that I’ll injure my ankle again but I’m confident that it has healed.

“I’m not aiming to complete the course in a certain time, just to finish will be good enough for me.”

Since winter Jon has been clocking up the distance in preparation and has been completing two five mile runs each week to put him in the best possible position on race day.

He hopes to raise £100 through his efforts for Huddersfield charity Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, who provide support to children with life shortening illnesses and their families.

To donate to John’s charity half marathon attempt call him on 01484 656164

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