James Rickman completed a 5k run in 42min 47sec and has raised over £300 for Help for Heroes.
James has prader-willi syndrome which is a complex genetic condition that affects many parts of the body. In infancy, this condition is characterized by weak muscle tone (hypotonia), feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development. Beginning in childhood, affected individuals develop an insatiable appetite, which leads to chronic overeating (hyperphagia) and obesity.
James attends Boveridge House School in Cranborne Dorset, and this year he began his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. As part of his volunteering requirement he chose to raise money for Help for Heroes as, in his words: "I like the army as they are big strong men who keep us safe". James trained for 4 months for his event.
When the big day came, James was joined by Marion, who helped with his training, along with Mrs Patterson and Liam from his school, his Dad, Brother, Nan and Granddad. James was very eager to get going and started at the front of the pack. The knowledge of his family waiting for him at the finish line was the encouragement he needed to complete the race in his best ever time. He didn’t stop once when going around the course and as soon as he saw the finish line he sprinted over the line, smashing his personal best.
Once over the line, the emotions of the event hit home and he ended in a big embrace with all of his family. Remarkably, James has already decided that he will continue his training and build up to a 10k run, again in support of Help for Heroes. James has shown incredible motivation and focus to achieve what he achieved this year and now the seed is set, James is determined to go on to do his 10k in personal best time!