Skelmersdale man, Carl Eaton, has raised thousands of pounds for Skem Men-Aces Football Club – by completing the Manchester Marathon in a standard wheelchair.
Carl Eaton, who was joined on his challenge by his wife Mim, was born with Spina Bifida, but he has never let that stop him from hitting his goals.
An exhausted Carl, speaking after completing his 26.2 mile effort, said: “I truly cannot believe that today and with my missus that I did the Greater Manchester Marathon 26.2 miles.
“I’ve never been so physically and mentally exhausted in my life and that was the most demanding thing on my body that I’ve ever done.”
Carl, who has previously won both the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Groups and a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, started well but a few miles in was finding the going very tough.
He said: “Between nine and 13 miles I had decided to call it a day but with huge encouragement from a fabulous crowd, Mim and the Skem Men-Aces, I managed to snatch away at each mile.
“The hills were absolutely ridiculous at times and so soul destroying.
“My wife Mim and I cried buckets as we crossed the finish line to repture applause, it was so emotional.
“The people of Manchester were magnificant. They really kept us going with Jelly Beans and encouragement.
“I’ll take my hat off to anyone that is thinking of doing a Marathon and shake their hands from now on.
“Unbelievably I am closer to my target of £10,000 and that has made it so worth it.
“I am in incredible pain but think a couple of pints in the Plough and Harrow pub in Skelmersdale will sort me out!
“One thing that I am so proud of is that I was the only man who took on the Marathon in a standard wheelchair.
“I will leave the Go fund Me page open for a couple of weeks if anyone wants to make a donation.”
Carl Eaton set up the Skem Men-Aces Football Club in 2009 specifically for adults with a learning disability.
Since then the team has grown from five players “using jumpers as goalposts” to a club that is now over 50 strong.
The Men-Aces won a Silver Medal at the 2013 Special Olympics.
It’s not too late to donate to Carl’s appeal – if you would like to show your support for his amazing acheivement, please visit: www.eatonupthemiles.org