MIckey Bushell, GBR
Mickey competed in the Reading Disability Half Marathon.
Mickey before reading Half Marathon
Mickey competed in the D.S.E National Games in Blackpool.
Birchfield Harriers D.S.E team
In April Mickey won the 11-13 year olds Borough London Mini-Marathon. He came 7th overall.
Mickey back at training after the mini-marathon, displaying his cup
In May Mickey won the Junior Great Manchester Run Wheelchair race.
In April Mickey won the 11-13 year olds Borough London Mini-Marathon.
"I competed in this year's London Adidas Mini Wheelchair Marathon representing Birchfield Harriers.
As I was waiting for the start of my race, I had the chance to meet Martin Johnson the England rugby captain.
That was fantastic; he is even bigger in real life than he is on TV.
It was raining just before the start of my race, but I hardly noticed it as my heart was racing.
Luckily the rain stopped as we set off, but I had a little trouble with the wind going through Southwark tunnel.
It was a head wind, and as I am so light it was a hard push through the tunnel so I lost a bit of time going through there.
I could hear the crowds cheering even before I came out of the tunnel, it sounded like a plane taking off, it was really loud! But it gave me a real boost. The wind eased a bit, and it got easier to push.
When I rounded the corner into the mall I could see the finish line in the distance, I thought: 'AT LAST'! So I sprinted the hardest I could all the way to the finish line. The crowds were fantastic, they cheered and shouted me all the way to the end.
When I crossed the line they gave me my medal and told me that I was the winner of the 11-13 boys! I came 6th overall. Even though the course was wet and a bit windy I was very happy not only to have finished but also to win my age group again."
This year is the last time Mickey will compete in the 11-13 year olds category. Next year he will move up into the 14-17 boys age group."
"I am very grateful to The Lady Taverners and The Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Community Fund for jointly paying for a brand new race chair for me as I had been sharing my coach's chair up until then.
As a thank you I collected sponsors to raise money towards The Lady Taverner Charities and so far I've managed to raise over £2,300.
All in all, win or lose, I had a fantastic time, and can't wait until next year!"
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