runABC Scotland News

12 Aug

Steven Taking Strides At Scottish Half

Steven WaterstonA former army chef who suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2003 has been given a new lease of life through running. Now an athletics coach, Steven Waterston has taken part in several running events and will run the Scottish Half Marathon for the first time on 19 September.

Steven’s brain haemorrhage left him with a risky condition that could cause further bleeds. After surgery, he resolved to complete the Edinburgh Marathon in his hometown. A goal he achieved.
 
Since then, Steven has been hit with a severe bout of viral meningitis, faced ankle reconstruction and a second brain haemorrhage. It has caused him to lose a lot of his cognitive function and major sight loss. But nothing can break the stride of the man who was given medical discharge from the army in 2011.
 
Steven explains why running is so important to him: “Due to the neurological situation I had and the strokes, I got classified by the International Paralympic Association as a Cerebral Palsy runner because I have muscle problems and balance problems due to the strokes and subsequent brain surgery. Because of that I am limited to what I can do. I can’t ride a bike, I can’t drive a car obviously. Running is one of the few things that I can do on my own. You can do it anywhere anytime, in a group or on your own.”
 
He added: "This year I have already done the London and Edinburgh Marathons. I will probably do one more marathon this year and two half marathons, including the Scottish Half Marathon. I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Steven also has his eye on the five-day Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, though may have to persuade his wife first. “She won’t let me. But if I got the opportunity I would. Otherwise I’d just like to keep going with respectable times for as long as possible.”
 
Standard entries for the Scottish Half Marathon close on Wednesday 26 August and start from £29.57. For full details, visit the Scottish Half Marathon website.