Testimonial – Couch to Half Marathon Runner

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Following the Simply Health, Great North Run, our patient Lesley Calder got in touch to share her ‘couch to half marathon’ journey.

1 GNR 3“Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic physiotherapist Ben got me from ‘couch to half marathon’ in just over three months.

I decided to run the Great North Run half marathon after my mother had a stroke at Christmas 2016.  I’d visited the Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic earlier when I had tore ligaments in my foot after a fall.  Ben helped me get back on my feet – quite literally.  I didn’t give myself enough time to train really, and had NEVER run before – but was determined. 

My foot started tweaking in training and I developed ‘runners knee’ through overcompensating.   That hurt – it really hurt.  I didn’t think that I would be able to run (I was struggling to walk at times!)

With sound, sensible, realistic advice about my training, excellent treatment and massage, and a recommended exercise regime – I built strength and confidence.

My training and approach was better planned and achievable. The treatment and exercises managed my pain and discomfort and built strength where I needed it.

I RAN the Great North Run, 13.1miles.  It was incredible.  I would not have been able to achieve it without Ben and the Clinic.  They got me over the line and I’ve learned a lot about my body – what to do – what not to do.  I cant recommend them highly enough.

 True story!”

Lesley Calder – 2017 Great North Run Participant