An RAF data analyst has marked his comeback from a broken back by winning an international ultra-marathon.
Flight Sergeant Michael Taylor was crowned Wings for Life 2020 Global Champion – running 69.9km (43.4 miles) in four hours and 12 minutes.
After suffering a serious cycling accident in 2016, the RAF 'ultra-runner' has taken the long route back to fitness with help from RAF health carers and physical training instructors.
Flt Sgt Taylor is the first Briton to win the Wings for Life event, which raises money for spinal cord injury research.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, runners participated in separate locations and had to try to out-run a virtual car through a mobile phone app.
“If the car caught up with a competitor, they were out,” said Flt Sgt Taylor, who went the distance in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
“As time went on, friends from my running club and the neighbours knew I was close to winning, so the support was wonderful.”
The RAF athlete had to ask for permission from his local community to take to the streets for the event.
Wings for Life Sports Director and former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson congratulated the military man over the phone after his victory.
Flt Sgt Taylor also holds the record for the RAF’s fastest ever Iron Man, an international long-distance triathlon.
Cover image: Flight Sergeant Michael Taylor in action (Picture: RAF).