Stewarts’ Marathon man

Year by year the London Marathon demonstrates triumph over adversity. And it doesn’t come much more adverse than this.

As we report today, a trainee lawyer who also happens to be quadriplegic is taking the organisers of the London Marathon to court over their refusal to allow him entry because of his need to use a motorised vehicle.

Matt King twice completed the Great North Run. In 2007 he also became the first quadriplegic to finish the New York marathon. Now King, clearly a determined individual, is not giving up his fight for a place in London.

King’s challenge has already kicked off what could be a marathon run of comments on, with one claiming “American litigation mania arrives in London”.

This is unlikely to deter the second-year Stewarts Law trainee, who was left paralysed after he broke his neck during his debut game with rugby league under-18s side London Broncos.

“Since my accident there’s only so many things I can still do and I’ve sought to make the best of what I still have to offer,” says King.

That’s the spirit.

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