Selby Post 19 Jul 12

Article from the Selby Post, 19 July 2012.

100-mile milestone for ex-military hero
Marathon man Sean Allerton has completed 100 miles in his quest to cover 500 miles in his wheelchair.

The ex-soldier – who was paralysed in a road accident while serving with the 34 Squadron RAF Regiment in Cyprus in 1993 – began his ‘Push 500’ challenge in May with the aim of raising money for several military charities, including the RAF Benevolent Fund, RAFA, the RAF Charitable Trust, Aerobility, Flying Scholarships for the Disabled and The Forgotten Heroes.

Since then, Sean (46), from Sherburn, has been doing laps of the airfield at RAF Church Fenton in his wheelchair.

He has been going to the airfield once a week and does several laps at a time.

Last Wednesday, he reached the 100-mile mark, which means he’s now a fifth of the way to his target.

He said: “I’m really pleased to have reached such a milestone as the 100-mile point, but there are plenty more miles still left to do, and equally important is that there is still the opportunity for people to sponsor me to support the work of great charities.

“Pushing through the 100-mile point wasn’t easy with quite a strong wind – what you gain as a tailwind on part of the circuit is a struggle as it becomes a headwind as you progress around the route.

“I had a lot of support from the officers and cadets of the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron, who were at RAF Church Fenton for a squadron event. Their support really did spur me on.”

The inspiration for the ‘Push 500’ name came from the hit song by ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’ by the Proclaimers.

The Scottish singing twins – Craig and Charlie Reid – are patrons of The Forgotten Heroes and were at the launch of the charity challenge to cheer Sean on.

*Anyone wishing to sponsor Sean can do so at www.push500.com.

Note: At no point to I claim to be a hero, it’s a tag the press like to use – one I personally feel detracts from the acts that true hero do.