With Garscube Harrier, Katie White, winning last year's Liverpool women's marathon with a broken fibula, another runner is hoping to complete a race with a broken bone. Unlike Katie who picked up the injury during the race, Robert Burrell will be starting the Men's 10K on 16 June in a special running cast after fracturing a bone in his foot in three places. The 31-year-old is also planning to take part in the Glasgow River Rat Race on 18 August and 10-12 mile assault course Tough Mudder in Dalkeith on 24 August.
Audacious Robert, who only started running this year, said: "I injured my foot landing badly after jumping for a header playing football. I knew immediately I had damaged the foot but didn't think it would be to the extent it is. I was gutted at the thought of not being able to take part in the events I had trained hard for all year. I am quite a stubborn person and don't like being told what I can't do. With the support of my family and friends, I see this as just another challenge on the way to hitting my fitness goals."
Organisers of the Men's 10K said: "Well done to Robert for such an amazing effort at our recent training event. It took real courage and stamina to make it round despite his injury and we hope he is an inspiration to all men that they too can go the distance."
Robert also has the backing of several Glasgow football stars who voiced their support for the event this week which also includes a 1K Rascal Run for children. Rangers manager Ally McCoist offered participants some words of encouragement: "I would like to wish all those entering this year's Glasgow Men's 10K the best of luck. I know many will be running in aid of worthwhile charities. I encourage as many men as possible to sign up, enjoy the exercise and take part."
Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan added his support: "You can do it. It's maybe an idea to get a group of your friends together and all do it together. It could be a great day out."
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara added: "As someone who set up the tlc-therapy company specifically to help people with fitness and health awareness I know the importance of this subject and I would encourage men to get involved in this fantastic yet fun event."
You can still register for the race which is organised by Men's Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) to promote a healthier lifestyle among Scotland's men. For more information visit the event website.