Matt Burke’s journey over the last seven years has seen him confront a rollercoaster of emotions. In 2012, he suffered a serious brain injury, resulting from a fall from ladders – last year, after an incredible process of rehabilitation, he completed the Yorkshire Marathon, and now, he is preparing to tackle his home half marathon in Hull.
Matt, now 34, was working as a scaffolder when a ladder fell from under him and caused a fall to the ground. The incident resulted in a bleed on the brain and forced Matt to learn to walk and talk again.
In 2014, he managed to complete the Asda Foundation Hull 10K in a sports wheelchair, raising money for the Kingston Panthers basketball team. Last year, he conquered the Yorkshire Marathon in an impressive 4:21, and was featured across various media outlets for his achievements.
Now, Matt is focusing on his local 13.1 mile race, the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon on Sunday 2 June. On his preparations for this, he commented: “I have found that training for an endurance event is as much a psychological challenge as a physical one.
“Taking that first step is the hard bit. After that you just have to be determined to keep going. Completing the marathon was a great experience and now I’ve got that medal – no one can take that away from me. Now I’m looking forward to the Hull Half Marathon.”
More information in the race, including registration, is available here.