Double amputee runs from Malaga to Gibraltar

Ian and his friends after arriving in Gibraltar.
Ian and his friends after arriving in Gibraltar. / SUR
  • A British man resident in Mijas plans to run 75km on prosthetic legs to raise £10,000 for two charities that helped with his rehabilitation

A former Royal Marine who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan is celebrating after raising thousands for charity by running from Malaga to Gibraltar this week.

Brit Ian Bishop smashed his original target of £5,000 by raising more than £11,700 by running the 75km distance over four stages with three friends.

The 40-year-old raised the money for two charities that helped him after he was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in 2009 - causing him to have both legs amputated above the knee.

And for the past 12 months Ian has been training for the gruelling run on two custom-fitted prosthetic legs.

The run was divided into four sections; 20km along Malaga seafront, 20km along Torrequebrada, 20km from Marbella to Estepona and 15km from La Línea to Gibraltar.

Ian, who is originally from Southampton, and now lives in Mijas Costa, said: "It's been very emotional and I'm glad it's all over now. It's one of the hardest and most painful things I've ever done. But we've nearly hit £12,000, which is fantastic!"

Ian served in Afghanistan in 2009 with 45 Commando Royal Marines and was injured by an IED, which resulted in him losing both legs.

He explained: "Since then I have received great support from the Royal Marines Charity and The On Course Foundation."

The determined dad-of-two started the run last Sunday (19 September) and arrived in Gibraltar on Thursday (23 September), finishing at the Europa Point Stadium.

He added: "There's a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Royal Marines Association Rugby Tour will be in Gibraltar, so we'll be meeting up with them this weekend!"

Ian said that the 75km is significant, as it marks the 75th celebration of the Royal Marines Charity.

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