Thirty-seven-year-old Newmarket father of two Chris Camps will be running next month’s London Marathon just weeks after a motorbike crash left him barely able to walk.
The 100 mph smash when he was leading the Formula 400 British Motorcycle Racing Club championship, left Chris with a shattered collar bone but the strong painkillers he was given caused the Crohn’s disease, first diagnosed when he was student, to flare up inflaming and twisting his intestine and causing a complete blockage.
Chris’ health deteriorated and doctors had to resort to surgery. As he recovered Chris developed pneumonia which left him in intensive care. After 33 days in hospital he was discharged nearly two stone lighter and barely able to walk by himself.
Despite being told it could take up to a year to recover, Chris, who lives in The Dip, just off Duchess Drive, was back to work the next week at DesignCMC Ltd in Newmarket and returned to motorbike racing just six weeks later.
Despite crashing again, re-breaking his collarbone, Chris returned for the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch and secured second place overall. He is taking part in the London Marathon in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
“I’ve found running has always helped with the effects of Crohn’s disease and when
I left hospital simply walking was proving difficult. However, I’ve now slowly regained fitness and one of my other ambitions has always been to run the iconic London Marathon,” said Chris.
“My clients, friends and family have been very generous so far, and I’ve raised over £1,000, but I need more help to reach my target to support this excellent charity.”
To sponsor Chris’ efforts go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisCamps