Liam Ward: running the Greater Manchester Marathon in our VIVOBAREFOOT Shoes

March 12, 2012 by Jamie Page

"When it came to my first training run, I realised I didn’t have any running shoes…I decided to give it a go in my barefoot shoes, and it’s just stuck".

Liam Ward is preparing to run the Greater Manchester Marathon this Spring in our VIVOBAREFOOT Aqua. The Aqua was one of our first barefoot shoes designed to allow the feet to move as if barefoot, with no ankle support and only a thin puncture-resistant sole for protection.
Liam, works as a care assistant in Manchester, but on 29th April he will be donning his shorts and – crucially – his barefoot shoes and running 26.2 miles in the Greater Manchester Marathon to raise money for The Stroke Association.
Liam’s dad, Stephen, had a severe stroke at the age of 48, which left him without the use of his right side, and needing daily care, until his death at the age of 52.
"My sisters and I were still at school when dad had the stroke…We didn’t know anything about stroke or what it would mean for us day-to-day."
"The Stroke Association provided us with amazing support and advice at a really tough time for us. They also fund pioneering research into stroke prevention, so hopefully others won’t have to go through what we did”.

"I ran a half-marathon for the charity in 2009, but this time it’s twice the distance and twice the pain. And of course, this time I’m running barefoot-style. The first time I tried running with the new technique, I couldn’t walk for a week after."

As well as being part of a local Sunday league team, Liam plays harmonica in a blues band, and is hoping to put together a fundraising gig to help him on his way to that £1,000 target.
"I’m sure the lads at football and in the band will chip in if they have any spare cash after all the beer," said Liam. "Every penny counts, and means that The Stroke Association can continue providing much-needed support and funding innovative research”.

You can sponsor Liam by visiting his online fundraising page on –Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid.
Also check out Liam's blog for regular training updates.
Images courtesy of Simon Pendrigh/MENMedia.

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