New challenge for inspirational Brora woman
Nikki Etheridge from Brora but now living in Glasgow, was left devastated after having her left leg amputated aged just 24, following the discovery of synovial sarcoma.
However, rather than allowing it to have an adverse effect on her life, Nikki’s determination to overcome her disability has led the 29 year old to take on a number of tough challenges that many people would struggle with.
She has already completed a sky dive in New Zealand and a gruelling 92 km bike ride in the Dubai desert - when she was accompanied by fellow Sutherland amputee and well know sportswoman Hope Gordon of Rogart.
And now Nikki, who works with the charity Finding Your Feet, has set her sights on a challenge closer to home.
Around 10,000 runners are expected to take part in the 10k on Sunday, September 29, with the route starting in George Square before crossing the River Clyde and passing iconic landmarks and buildings including the Hydro, the Finnieston Crane and Pacific Quay and then towards the McLellan Arch and the finish line in Glasgow Green.
Nikki, whose parents are Peter, an electrician and Joan Etheridge, said: “I have come through a fair few challenges in the past, but I’ve never run a 10k before, so this will be a big test for me. I wasn’t really a runner growing up and although this is all rather new to me and outside my comfort zone, I think taking part in the event will be great fun.
“As an amputee and only recently getting a sports leg that has allowed me to run, I have only been training for around a year now. I’ve been able to get out and push myself for September’s race and I’m feeling positive.
“The route looks great and I’ve never run round the centre of Glasgow before, so that will be exciting in itself, but with all of the people on the sidelines cheering us on, the atmosphere will be fantastic and it will certainly help me across the finish line.
“I know the adrenaline will be going at the start and with everyone being there for the same reason, helping to support each other to get across the finish line – It’s set to be a fantastic occasion.”
Nikki is running on behalf of Find Your Feet.