Kathleen - Blade Runner

“Growing up I loved dancing; ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Irish dancing — you name it!

Then, when I was 18 — and in my first semester of University — I caught bacterial meningitis. The hardest moment of my life was being told that I would have to have both of my legs amputated below the knee.

I didn’t know about all the options available to me then and I thought that I would never walk again, let alone run or dance.

When I started rehabilitation, I was determined to get back on my (prosthetic) feet and begin to walk again as soon as possible.

But even after I’d learnt to walk on my prosthetics I couldn’t stop comparing my new body to my old one.

I was confronted with the fact that my body was unable to run or move in the same way as it had before — the feet I was using made it impossible."


"That all changed when I got my running blades three years ago — as soon as I put them on I could feel the difference. They gave me the extra spring I needed to run."

"It felt incredible to move my body in that way for the first time in years. The thing I love most about running with my blades on is the freedom to move my body as I want to move it. I’d jog everywhere if I could!

In four years I’ve gone from physically not being able to run at all to training for 100m and 200m sprints. It’s so satisfying, and it’s had such a positive impact on my balance, strength and fitness — which makes standing on my day-to-day prosthetics much easier.

Last month I competed in my first competition alongside other disabled athletes, including some Paralympians! I was so overwhelmed and proud when I crossed the finish line.

Having feared that I wasn’t going to be able to be active ever again, I would urge everybody who can run to do it, to just appreciate the feeling of their feet on the ground (even if they’re plastic) and enjoy moving their body.”

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