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Leonie up and running for York 10K event
FOR six years, Leonie Lewis had tried without success to run – unaware that she had a broken ankle from a fall down a flight of stairs.
Now Leonie, 41, of Fulford, is gearing up for her first competitive race when she takes part in this year’s York 10k.
Leonie was rushing to answer a phone call from her husband Sean when he was stationed as a soldier in Afghanistan when she slipped on the last stair, twisted and fell on her ankle.
She was told at the time she had suffered several torn ligaments but it was only last year when she and Sean were stationed in Germany that Leonie noticed a growth developing on her ankle.
An MRI scan later showed that the growth was a result of an old fracture healing incorrectly – and there was still debris from broken bones lodged in her foot.
Leonie said during the six years where her fracture went undiagnosed, she had unsuccessfully attempted to start running but always had pain in her knees – never realising the true problem lay in her ankle.
“Running was always something I wanted to try and after my fall I began to try but I ended up having several problems with my knee which prevented me doing it,” she said.
“It was when we were in Germany I finally learned it was my ankle all along. I ended up having an operation to clean out the area where the bone was still fractured. When we moved back to York this year I started running again and I entered for my first competitive race – the Jane Tomlinson York 10k.”
Leonie has also set her sights on the Great North Run later this year alongside Sean where she will be fundraising to help sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
The fourth annual Jane Tomlinson 10k will take place on August 5 and more than 4,500 people have signed up to take part and help raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities.
However volunteers are still desperately needed to help marshal the event.
Marshals are needed to signal the route and hand out water. To find out more visit runforall.com
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