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Phil shows the way by inspiration
6:08pm Monday 30th July 2012 in Our View
At a time when the Olympic spirit is inspiring us all, it is fitting that a Keighley man left disabled in a horrific accident is fulfilling his long-held dream of distance running again.
Phil Sheridan’s story is an inspirational one, and he aims to cap it by running the 80-mile footpath the Dales Way to raise £20,000 for charity.
He lost his leg when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a lorry ten years ago, but he was determined to get himself running again.
And he now has a specially-made blade designed to be used for long-distance running which he will be testing out to the full when he sets out to complete the path in just three days.
In a week when we are seeing the best athletes in the world stretch themselves to the absolute limit, Phil’s achievements are equally worthy of recognition.
He has overcome terrible injury and made the best of what is available to him to allow him to get back to doing something he loves.
And his attitude and determination should act as an inspiration to us all.
Most of us will probably never compete among the best in the world.
But we can certainly aspire to being the very best we can be in whatever we turn our hands to.
And Phil Sheridan should stand as a shining example to us all whenever we make excuses or find reasons not to run or walk or cycle or do something to stay active.
We can’t all be Olympians, but we can all make the best of whatever gifts we have.