Disability won’t stop Richard Warwick – help him cross the finish line (especially if you are in Wellington)

31 August 2015 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Inspirational Richard Warwick is walking the 2015 New York (NY) marathon in November! We encourage you to support him at the Achilles Wellington gala dinner and charity auction – an event designed to get Achilles NZ disabled athletes to the NY marathon. The event is supported by three of Wellington’s top restaurants and promises an evening of exceptional food, wine, entertainment and premium auction items up for grabs.

Richard’s story

Tell us about your background and how it has led you to take on the NY marathon?
I had a brain bleed at 16 years old which left me paralyzed down my left-hand side. I gained back a level of mobility that allowed me to get on with life and living but that never included any outdoor sports activity – until I was given the opportunity to enter the Speights Coast to Coast Mountain Run this year.

What got you into competing in the NY marathon?
It was while training for the Speights Coast to Coast that I met up with Peter Loft, the New Zealand Director of Achilles NZ. Peter asked if I would help start the Wellington chapter of Achilles NZ and as a result convinced me to take on the challenge of the NY Marathon.

What challenges you most with the NY marathon?
The fear of not completing is a real driver to get out and train especially in wet Wellington weather – but as Peter has reminded me ‘discipline is less painful then regret’.

What are your biggest achievements?
Every time I complete an event it's been extremely satisfying, as being involved in adventure races or marathons was something I never considered would be a part of my life.

How did your need for Formthotics arise?
I was approached by Greg Thomson, the General Manager from Foot Science International, who after seeing me on TV prior to the Speights Coast to Coast, made the very generous offer of Formthotics – including a fitting and support to assist in my mountain run race.

How have Formthotics helped you?
I can't imagine now not having Formthotics, and through all the hours of either training or competing they have given me comfort and support. I have never had any problems/injuries with my feet due to using Formthotics, I believe.

How did you obtain your Formthotics?
Resonance Podiatry in Wellington provided the fitting and ongoing support to ensure I was as prepared as possible for training or competing.

What was the best advice you have been given about injury prevention?
Don't over-train, and that recovery is as important as training.

What do you hope to achieve in the future?
I will keep entering races/events that will continue to challenge and push me.

Do you have any recommended resources?
I've drawn inspiration from a number of quotes (which I have around my office) such as ‘strive for progress not perfection’, ‘only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go’ and ‘Give up, give in or give it all you've got’.

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
There are a number but if I had to pick one it's from Alex Zanardi – ‘in life as long as you have something to fight, your biggest defeat can be turned into your greatest victory’.

Who was your role model growing up?
My dad.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Alex Zanardi and this video are good examples.