Chris Nicholson has determination, that’s for sure. Confident in his own ability on the trails of the Lake District, he wanted to take things up a notch and try out an official trail race ahead of taking part in the London Marathon later this year. The problem was, being a wheelchair user, no race organisers would accept him. “It’s health and safety” was a response he got very used to.
That was before he got in touch with the guys at the OMM who pointed him in the direction of their OMM Festival, and more specifically the series of trail races that Outdoors Magic will be hosting there at Cannock Chase during the early May bank holiday (4-5 May).
He’s now enrolled and is ready to line up on the start line of the Outdoors Magic 10K, which, despite starting out as, well, just a standard trail race, is now set to become the first ever able-bodied and disabled inclusive trail race in the UK. It’ll even pick up a Guinness World Record for it.
“I’ll get it done, whatever it takes.”
It was a tip tackle on the rugby pitch four years ago that brought about Chris’s life changing injury. “I remember it just being a normal game, then lying on the ground,” he tells me over the phone. “I was off the pitch in 5 minutes, then I was put into a coma. There was the fracture, plus I picked up a brain injury as well.”