Mum to tackle run with disabled son

Jan Pierce Race for Life
Jan Pierce Race for Life

AN INSPIRATIONAL woman from Smalley is tackling Nottingham’s Race for Life with her daughter and disabled son.

Jan Pierce’s 16-year-old son Sam almost died at 18 months old when he contracted meningitis and suffered sever brain damage.

He has also recently been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Now he is going to tackle the five-kilometre run on Sunday, July 31, with his mum and sister Katy, 11, thanks to a custom-made buggy that has been lovingly created by his grandad, John Badger.

Jan, 42, a headteacher at Pinxton Village Infants School, will push Sam around the course in the buggy.

She was inspired to take part after receiving a motivational email from her Yummy Mummy Boot Camp trainer, Vanessa Moss, of Belper.

The email outlined the life of Dick Hoyt and his severely disabled son, Rick.

The pair have completed marathons and triathlons across the USA and the story struck such a chord with Jan that she decided to embark on a challenge of her own.

Jan, who is a former world champion canoe polo player, said: “I have always been somebody who likes to have something to aim for but it wasn’t until I started getting fit again through boot camp that I had the confidence to even attempt a race like this with Sam.

“I have always thought I wasn’t built for running.”

Vanessa said: “Jan is one in a million and truly inspirational.

“She has shown real determination to get fit so that she has the strength and stamina to push Sam around the course.

“Jan is only 5’3 and says Sam is already bigger and taller than her, so she needs to be fit and strong!”

Now she and Sam dream of one day completing a triathlon together.

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