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Paul defies the odds to complete the Great North Run

A Foston-on-the-Wolds businessman has defied the odds to don his running shoes and complete the Great North Run after a serious accident.

Paul Waine, 60, sustained life-threatening injuries at a motorsport event earlier this year.

However, he has recovered sufficiently to take part in the Great North Run to raise money for the charities that helped him.

Paul crashed in the AFP Fane Trophy for pre-war Frazer Nash cars at a Goodwood Members’ Meeting on 10th April and was airlifted to Southampton Hospital.

Paul, who has been involved in waste oil regeneration for most of his working life, suffered severe crush injuries and had his spleen removed and his sternum and ribcage rebuilt in a long and risky operation.

After recovering at home in Foston since late May, he ‘shuffled’ around the half marathon route from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to South Shields with friends to raise funds for the Goodwood Revival charity for 2022, the Aldingbourne Trust, along with the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex charity, KSS.

Dubbed Team Tortoise, the East Yorkshire group comprised of Paul’s son Henry, Mark Eggleston, Mark’s daughters Lucy, a physiotherapist, and Millie, a doctor, Mark’s brother, Richard Eggleston, and physiotherapist, Sam Havler.

Team Tortoise completed the Great North Run in times between two hours and two hours and 53 minutes.

“I came in at two hours and 53 minutes, 33,939th of the 59,000 people competing,” said Paul.

“So I am very pleased with the time, given I had very limited time for training and targeted just over three hours.”

Before taking on the 13.1-mile challenge, Paul said that he wanted to publicly thank the Goodwood and air ambulance staff for their much-needed assistance.

“The organisers at Goodwood helped my family so much in the days after the accident offering both emotional and practical support and without the air ambulance I most probably wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

Paul’s Frazer Nash 1935 TT Rep had no roll cage or seatbelts and he was thrown from the vehicle during the race, which then rolled several times before landing on him.

Team Tortoise has set a fundraising target of £5,000. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-waine2 or www.aldingbournetrust.org/startfundraising.html

Paul has been no stranger to adversity, after contracting Guillain Barre Syndrome in 2008, a rare illness affecting the peripheral nerves, he was in hospital for 14 weeks and it left him temporarily paralysed.

He has been raising money for the Guillain Barre charity GAIN since, with this year’s Great North Run being the only exception.

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