Marathon Paul lays ghost to rest in race

Paul Wilton and fellow marathon participants
Paul Wilton and fellow marathon participants

The recent Beachy Head marathon posed a particular challenge for participant Paul Wilton as he returned to the spot where he almost died two years ago.

Paul, who works at Reid & Dean in Eastbourne, was training with a colleague on Eastbourne Round Table for a charity bike ride from Winchester to Eastbourne along the South Downs in August 2011 when he came off his bike and suffered horrendous injuries.

He broke five vertebrae in his back, five ribs and his breast bone.

As there was no signal for their mobile phones, it was up to a passing walker to raise the alarm and ran from the spot of the accident at the Seven Sisters to Birling Gap to summon help.

It was nearly two hours before Paul could be airlifted to Eastbourne DGH where he was treated.

Paul said he was determined to lay to rest the ghost of the Seven Sisters and completed last month’s marathon in just over seven hours.

He joined fellow Round Table members and Eastbourne Ladies Circle members and raised hundreds of pounds for Eastbourne and District Mencap.

There is still time to add to their sponsorship at www.justgiving.com/EBRT 32