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Amputee gets Tough Mudder invite after mountain effort

AMPUTEE athlete Marc Burton has barely recovered from his gruelling but satisfying hitout in Sunday's Pomona King of the Mountain, but is already planning his next conquest - Tough Mudder.

Mr Burton was offered a chance to race in the August 18 event at Caloundra after becoming the first amputee in 30 years to complete the Pomona race.

"I've already made a decision - I just have to work out how I'm going to protect the leg," he said of the upcoming challenge.

Tough Mudder pits runners against the elements in a challenging obstacle course of about 20km. It includes ice baths, mud pans, climbing walls, electrified wires and more.

"It's massive. It's going to test the leg out," Mr Burton said. "I probably leaned towards the Pomona race because it's gruelling but it's short, so it's nowhere near as intense on the leg (as Tough Mudder will be), so it's going to be a strenuous test."

Mr Burton will have a protective neoprene sock made to cover his thigh and his prosthetic limb, and speak to Sunshine Orthopaedic Services, which manufactures his legs, to discuss other safeguards.

"The cover will go over my thigh and down my leg, to make sure no mud or dirt gets in," he said.

"Otherwise it'd be instant dismissal - you'd be bleeding in no time."

The executive officer of Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Leanne Layfield, said the complimentary entry was offered to Mr Burton and his training partner, David O'Connor, after she read about his Pomona feat.

"I thought, 'it's a perfect role model situation for those with a disability'," Ms Layfield said.



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