12 Aug

Amputees Take On Spartan Race


James Simpson became the first double amputee to win a medal for completing three Spartan Race events last year. Now the 28-year-old will be joined by two other amputees as they take in the Spartan Race at Winton House in Pencaitland, East Lothian.

Stevie Richardson, 26, and Jake Bartlett, 23, will form a three-person team with James as they take on the race on 21 September. Stevie and Jake, who lost both legs above the knee and suffered hand damage in separate explosions in Helmand, will wear 'stubbie' prosthetic feet for the event, making the pair much shorter than their usual height when wearing regular false limbs. Mr Bartlett lost one leg and badly damaged the other when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in October 2009.

Dan Tuffnell, director of Spartan Racing UK, watched the trio go through an impressive training routine ahead of the event. He commented: "These guys are an absolute inspiration to us all. They have dedicated their lives to this country and it is an honour to put on this event for them to come and have a challenge with us. It's awe-inspiring for me. They are going to smash all the obstacles this year. I have absolute confidence in them."

The event features obstacles including monkey bars, a mud crawl under barbed wire and a jump through fire. Stevie, from, East Lothian, is confident the team will cope with the challenges. He said: "Between the lot of us we all have some significant injuries but I'm confident between the three of us we can work something out because it's the sort of the thing we did in the Army a lot and it's the sort of thing you get used to in everyday life, overcoming obstacles.”

To enter the event, visit the Spartan Race website.