JULIE MCELROY has taken part in the Great Scottish Run 10K on Sunday 2 September 2012 which is sponsored by the Bank of Scotland. She was joined on route with two friends.
Julie born was with Cerebral Palsy resulting in leaving her with speech, hearing and mobility difficulties. Despite this, she has never let anything stand in her way. The medical staff was quite vague about the future and could not predict the outcome. Doctor’s could not initially foretell if Julie could ever walk and her parents were advised to just wait and see.
Julie says ‘I am glad to have joined in the Great Scottish Run like everyone else and soaked up the atmosphere; it was incredible to have been part of it. It was a ‘REAL’ challenge for me’.
The main reason for taking part in it along with everyone else as this year been a great year and it is further emphasized by the LONDON 2012 Paralympics taking place at the moment but I would like to acknowledge the inspiration from the Evening Times ‘s Scotswomen of Year, the ladies decided to challenge my fitness further and the Editor’s impetus that inspired me to put this challenge into action”.
I power walked it in just over two hours and one thing that makes it more remarkable and people with Cerebral Palsy are prone to pains! I encountered no stitches or pain or anything, thats what I call transformational of endurance power! Therefore combining fitness/sports along with disability makes your body stronger.
Apart from foot’s blisters, it was certainly worth the pace of achievement!