The inspiring story of the man with cerebral palsy who is running the Manchester Half Marathon – Manchester Evening News

This is the inspiring football coach who will take on the Manchester Half Marathon – despite having cerebral palsy.

Patrick Barden, who uses a walking frame, has had to split the race into three sections on different days to stop his muscles seizing up.

But the 24-year-old from Kent is determined to complete the course to support the charity which has helped him since he was a child.

Beginning on Friday October 13th he will walk five miles on the Friday and Saturday, completing the final three miles on Sunday, and crossing the finishing line with thousands of other participants.

He says Step and Learn, which helps children suffering from Cerebral Palsy and other motor neuron conditions, have given him invaulable help.

“Without the support of Step and Learn, I would not have been able to do some of the things that I have done and would definitely have limited my opportunities in the future,” says Patrick.

Despite the physical challenges he faces Patrick is no stranger to sporting success. He has already done a parachute jump for the charity, as well as the London Marathon earlier this year, where he raised £23,000 for them.

Rod Black the Chairman of Step and Learn, nominated Patrick for this years Pride of Britain Awards. Unsurprisingly the 24 year old has been short-listed.

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