Injured marathon veteran on road to recovery for Yorkshire Half Marathon

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A marathon veteran from Sheffield who feared she would never run again is on the road to recovery.

Judith Stacey, 47, from Fulwood, has run in 26 marathons and is now doing her final training for the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield this Sunday.

She had feared she would not be able to compete after being sidelined with debilitating back pain from lumbago earlier this year.

Judith started suffering problems in February and was unable to run for two months before starting to receive specialist treatment from Sheffield Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy.

After two months of physiotherapy treatment, she was able to run six miles without pain and is now able to tackle long-distance running again.

Judith, who has run marathons in Las Vegas, China, Berlin, Boston and London, said: “Since the initial session I’ve come on leaps and bounds. I’ve gone from not being able to run at all, to training for this year’s Yorkshire Half Marathon, and I’ve already done the race distance in training.

“Although I’m not looking at doing any more full marathons in my lifetime, I’m just forever thankful that I can get my trainers on again and run.”

Dr Michael Lee, the consultant sports physiotherapist and sports scientist who treated her, said: “One in three of us will experience back pain in our lives. In Judith’s case however, she’s run over 20 marathons and the stress on her back has taken its toll.

“She thought she would never run again as the pain immobilised her for months. Since correcting her biomechanics she is pain free and back running. “