A MAN who fell off a roof and nearly had his foot amputated was one of many Huddersfield people to complete the Great North Run yesterday.
Paul Buxton, from Lockwood, was registered disabled after a terrible accident six years ago.
But the 30-year-old triumphed over adversity to complete the half marathon in under three hours.
Paul told the Examiner after passing the finishing line: “The Great North Run was always on my list of things to do, but when I injured my ankle it seemed like it was one of those things that was never going to happen.
“But I did it. It was hard work though.
“I just wanted to get across that finish line and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Paul, a lecturer at Kirklees College, underwent 10 operations to fix his shattered ankle.
He said: “I was working as a carpenter on a roof one day when I lost my footing and fell 20 feet – shattering my left ankle.
“It wouldn’t heal properly and I was registered disabled for quite a few years while undergoing countless operations.
“It still isn’t perfect, but the last operation did cure me of the constant pain I’d been in since the accident.
“So I decided this was the year I was going to run.”
Paul chose to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and now hopes to collect £340 from friends and family.
Paul relaxed after the race by sitting in the sun at South Shields with his fiancée Leanne Colvin.
The ex-carpenter told the Examiner the atmosphere was “fantastic”.
He said: “There’s so many little things that you just don’t see on TV.
“Like people outside their houses spraying you with the hose as you run past to cool you down, or others handing out free drinks.”
A family group from Huddersfield were also celebrating after Dawn Carson, Tracey Heaney, Andrew Carson, Neil and Christina Waddington and their friend Richard Littlewood all finished the race.
Neil said: “The crowds all cheer you along and get you through it – it’s an amazing experience.
“It was very, very hard – and a lot more hills than you expect.
“I’ll let the legs rest before I decide whether I’ll do it again next year.”
Lauren Heywood and Robert Egan took the weight off their feet on the train back to Huddersfield after the run.
Lauren, from Scholes, said: “We’re on our way home now and my feet are really aching.
“I think it’s home to have something to eat and then a bath and then bed for me.”