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Huge thanks to my Obstacle Course Race sponsor @blueberrybangs who cover any costs & equipment including this @dryrobe customised with #bbangs & #20isplenty. Without Hazels help i would not be able to enter as many OCR events as I'm hoping to do quite a few more in 2018. Blueberry Bangs is her Salon based in Chorlton. If you live in Manchester get yourself down there & meet the team. We are also going to raise the money to build a bespoke chair capable of getting me round without breaking. Also a harness to go up high with a winch system so we are upping the difficulty but i can't wait to get cracking. Also a dry suit to tackle the water obstacles without getting hypothermia which is my biggest enemy bar gravity as being dropped from a dizzy height i guess is another hurdle but i trust my team i'm sure it will be fine. #blueberrybangs #salon #chorlton #manchester #SpinalCordInjury #tetraplegic #paralysed #wheelchairuser #wheelie #spasms autonomicdysreflexia #ObstacleCourseRacing #ocr #fitfam fitnessfamily #TeamRunFlex #TeamMudCrow # #customised #inspire #motivate #nèvergiveup #20isplenty #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #exerciseismedicine
Part 5 @zeusraces #NoFearOnWheelsChallenge2017 OCR event. As this was my first Obstacle Course Race and the first time #TeamBen we now refer to it had raced we all decided safety & having fun were our 2 priorities. So we didn't rush & the guys who are all experienced OCR competitors listened to me & each other. Not once did it feel unsafe although it was a buzz. I used to do cross country & it reminded me of that & to just get off tarmac was a powerful emotional feeling especially in the woods. Before I knew it we had completed the course. After we all chatted had pictures taken & once the last team got back Gavin Levitt presented to our complete surprise The No Fear On Wheels Challenge Trophy to #TeamRunflex. It wasn't until after that I spoke to my friend & fellow SCI survivor Shaun Gash who invented the challenge who felt we deserved it due to great team work. Plus it turned out as Shaun is a paraplegic I'm the first Tetraplegic to do so. Now keeping it brief I'm paralysed from my chest & it affects my core, arms & hands which I can hardly use. Shaun can use his core & his arms & hands. It's why we both agreed that mine is a full on SCI his is a flesh wound, harsh but true & he knows it and on reflection we won fare and square. We will be back in 2018 to defend our title that giants egg cup is staying if I havnt weighed it in for scrap. Thanks Ben #Championi #ObstacleCourseRace completed with #TeameRunflex #OCR #inspire #motivate #nevergiveup #team #teamwork #obstacles #spinalcordinjury #tetraplegic #brokenNeckSoWhat #paralysed #tetraplegic #tetraplegicsowhat #enjoylife #getonwithit #BlueberryBangs #bbbangs #20isplenty #exerciseismedicine #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #Fitfam #fitfamily #publicspeaker #nevergiveup
Part 4 @zeusraces #NoFearChallenge2017 #ObstacleCourseRace Videos to give you a flavour of how #TeamRunflex got me over some of the obstacles. You need to understand this is the first race we had ever done & infact the first time we had met. Add all that together and it could have gone Pete Tong easily or West if your grasp on mockney rhyming slang is sadly missing. The reality is getting round for me isn't as strenuous as it is for the runners but it isn't comfortable and it's a real exercise in trust & good communication which came very naturally on the day. The feeling as we came over the line was amazing & everyone there were so supportive of us. It was somthing I knew within 15 minutes I loved & that feeling grows stronger with every OCR event I do which is 3 & counting. I am back in 2018 with a vengeance see you in the mud. #OCR #inspire #motivate #nevergiveup #team #teamwork #obstacles #spinalcordinjury #tetraplegic #brokenNeckSoWhat #paralysed #tetraplegic #tetraplegicsowhat #enjoylife #getonwithit #BlueberryBangs #bbbangs #20isplenty #exerciseismedicine #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #Fitfam #fitfamily #publicspeaker #nevergiveup
Happy Halloween Thanks to everyone who follows me here I'm truly grateful especially if you are new. All I aim to do is raise awareness of SCI whilst having as much fun as possible and as many new experiences too. I'm aiming to get 1000 followers asap so that I can interact with as many people. Simply to show that a Spinal Cord Injury like many permenent condition or injury will change your life but it doesn't end it. It's also the home of #20isplenty my ethos to maintain both physical health and mental wellness by doing at least 20mins exercise on av a day. It's vital to rest properly & add in a decent diet but all will become clear as you start to follow me. Take care, Ben. #Happyhalloween #Boo #ZombieGeorgeDawes #TeamRunFlex #loveboxing #loveOCR #stillhatetrampolines #ZeusRaces #20isplenty  #haveyoudoneyours #ifnotwhynot #execiseismedicine #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #physicalfitness #headtogether #spinalcordinjury #Tetraplegicsowhat #enjoylife #getonwithit #BlueberryBangs #bbbangs #FitFamily
@zeusraces #HalloweenBall Paul Pics Part 2 Obstacle Course Racing with #TeamMudCrow My 3rd OCR but my first with many of the runners. One of the parts of OCR I love is simply the fact I get to get out of Manchester off tarmac & in the mud. However it's going through woods I love the most. I used to run cross country on very similar terrain. My first race it actually overwhelmed me & a few years flowed freely. I explained it at the end of the run & a week later a Zeus medal arrived engraved ' If you go down to the woods today'. I'm not going to lie tears flowed again but happy ones. Take care, Ben. #TeamRunFlex #loveboxing #loveOCR #stillhatetrampolines #ZeusRaces #20isplenty #haveyoudoneyours #ifnotwhynot #execiseismedicine #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #physicalfitness #benwimbushSCORD #spinalCordInjury #tetraplegic #paralysis #autonomicdysreflexia #wheelchairuser #wheelie #lifechanging not #lifeending #enjoylife #getonwithit #inspirational #positivementalattitude #nevergiveup
@zeusraces #HalloweenBall Paul Pics Part 1 Obstacle Course Racing with #TeamMudCrow My 3rd OCR but my first with many of the runners. It must be nerve wracking but all did really well. It was also done on the same day as Storm Brian plus the wheel on the left was also patched up. It all added to a shortened course but it was good to give the guys a taste of what's to come next year. We are in talks with a chair manufacturer to build a custom chair up to the job which I need to get funding for as money or equipment don't grow on trees. So watch this space as crowd funding is possibly one option, if anyone reading this would like to help please drop me a line as it's so frustrating when we have to stop as our homemade adaptations fail. Take care, Ben. #TeamRunFlex #loveboxing #loveOCR #stillhatetrampolines #ZeusRaces #20isplenty #haveyoudoneyours #ifnotwhynot #execiseismedicine #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #mentalfitness #physicalfitness Take care, Ben. #benwimbushSCORD #spinalCordInjury #tetraplegic #paralysis #autonomicdysreflexia #wheelchairuser #wheelie #lifechanging not #lifeending #enjoylife #getonwithit #inspirational #positivementalattitude #nevergiveup