Great time in the sun as Edward gets a personal best

Great time in the sun as Edward gets a personal best

The racers run in the hot sunshine at Blenheim Palace

Johnathan Watson with Edward McDonagh

First published in News

RACING through the hilly grounds of Blenheim Palace in the summer sunshine was no picnic.

But one competitor was all smiles at the end of the four-mile route after he smashed his personal best by 18 minutes.

Wheelchair user Edward McDonagh asked for the race to be opened up to disabled athletes so he could also join in. The 24-year-old, the first racer to take part in a wheelchair, crossed the finish line yesterday in 40 minutes and 52 seconds.

Mr McDonagh, of Bicester, said: “It was so much fun. I would love to do more of them. It was quite tough, mentally, but physically, it was a walk in the park. I would like to do a half marathon.”

Accompanied by trainer Johnathan Watson, Mr McDonagh was one of 800 competitors to break into a sweat around the Woodstock palace.

And his proud mum Anna McDonagh and dad Kerry McDonagh, both 56, were thrilled to see him cross the finish line. Mrs McDonagh said: “Edward did the most amazing time. Before, his best-ever was 58 minutes. Jonathan drove him to push harder than he had ever done before and the crowds were really supportive.

“They need another challenge now.”

Mr McDonagh, who suffered a brain injury in a car crash at the age of eight, propels his wheelchair forwards turning the right wheel with his right arm and pulling on the ground with his right foot.

Organisers of the annual 7km event devised a new four-mile route suitable for wheelchairs and buggies after Mr McDonagh lobbied them.

Nearly 1,000 people turned out on Sunday to cheer the racers on. Mrs McDonagh added: “It was a fantastic effort. When Edward finished, his whole body was trembling with exhaustion.”

Mr McDonagh has now raised £3,460 for the Children’s Brain Injury Trust, based in Bicester, which helped him.

In the 7km race, Alex Jones came first in 24 minutes and 10 seconds.

The fastest woman was Jessica Webb, who finished in 28 minutes and seven seconds.

Father and son Neil and Ethan Carter completed the four-mile buggy race in 24 minutes, 19 seconds.

Our top stories:

Oxford United buoyed by Roberts news

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

MICKEY Lewis backed James Roberts to come back stronger than ever after Oxford United were boosted by the news the striker’s hamstring injury was not serious.

Update: Person 'seriously injured' as crash closes A4183 near Abingdon

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

5:32pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A SERIOUS crash has closed Oxford Road, Abingdon, both ways near Lodge Hill A34 junction.

Missing teenager Tommy Lewis could be in Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage or Grove

Oxford Mail:

4:21pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A TEENAGER reported missing could be in Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage or Grove.

Faringdon baby who died in suspicious circumstances named as Jayden Saxton

Oxford Mail:

3:45pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

AN 11-week-old baby who died in suspicious circumstances last week has been named as Jayden Saxton.

Overturned lorry delays A420 traffic

Oxford Mail:

11:47am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A LORRY has turned on its side on a roundabout in Kingston Bagpuize, blocking traffic on the A420 and A415.

What's in our interactive front page to explore today?

Oxford Mail:

11:56am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Here's today's interactive front page - with links to all the featured stories but extra stories today...

Oxford train commuters delayed

Oxford Mail: oxford train station inside

9:10am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Trains going from London Paddington to Oxford were delayed yesterday by signalling problems at Ealing Broadway.

Bampton haulier in court on fly-tipping charge

Oxford Mail: Steve Radband

9:10am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A former Royal British Legion repatriation family liaison officer has appeared in court charged with fly tipping.

Westgate Shopping Centre's £400m expansion approved by city councillors

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

THE £400m overhaul of the Westgate Shopping Centre was given final approval last night, clearing the way for work to begin in the new year.

Police are called in over death of Connor Sparrowhawk

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

POLICE are investigating the death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk, who died in the bath at a Headington NHS facility last year.

Rose Hill parents' 'little miracle' Jesse

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A YEAR ago Jesse Malone’s parents were not sure if he would survive after being born at just 24 weeks.

Wintertime staging in Charlbury for a Midsummer classic

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

AN ENCHANTING summer comedy will leave audiences spellbound as it returns to the stage this week.

Three men are arrested after car crashes into traffic lights on Abingdon Road, Oxford

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

DRIVERS in Oxford faced severe congestion in Abingdon Road yesterday after a suspected stolen car crashed into traffic lights during the early hours.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree