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WATCH: Inspirational runner's weekly training diary as he gears up to take on Chester Half Marathon

Robert Duckworth to take on challenge after recovering from near-fatal car crash that left him having to learn to walk and talk again

"On Sunday, May 17, I will be one of thousands of people taking on the Chester Half Marathon.

This will be one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced since I was involved in a serious car crash in the summer of 2007, which left me in a coma fighting for my life. Thankfully I survived the accident but I had to learn to walk and talk again, gradually building up my strength ever since.

Taking on the Chester Half Marathon will be particularly special for me, as I am not running this to just prove to myself I can, but also to try and raise money for the Neuro Intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary and the team that saved my life.

In the build up to the race I will be keeping you up to date on my training progress, thoughts and feelings as I get ready to take on 13.1 miles of running.

The race is just over eight weeks away but time is not on my side. Last week I did the Delamere 5K Park Run, which I have done for the past few weeks. I ran a PB of 20 minutes and one second, which was pleasing but I was trying to get under 20 minutes so I was frustrated to just miss out, but at least I’ve still got a small goal to aim for!

I’ve been doing some training with West Cheshire Athletics Club and that’s really helping me with my running. I planned to do the Park Run this weekend to help me keep building up my stamina and pace but I’ve started getting pains in my shins and they feel very sore, so I’ve decided it will be wiser to focus on cycling instead.

I’ve also been doing some yoga recently to stretch out the areas on my shins that are sore and that does see to be helping so I’m going to continue with that as well.

Later this month I will go to Indonesia for a holiday and I will use this time to help my shins recover, focusing on the yoga and some long walks to hopefully keep my fitness up.

I’m really excited for the race and I’m confident I can do it. I just need to be careful not to push too hard to make sure my legs and shins will hold out."

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