A FORMER Scarborough student who made a miraculous recovery after a car crash is now in training for the London Marathon.
Luke Flatman, who studied music technology at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus, was seriously injured on the A64 near Ganton in February 2008.
At the time he was in the final year of his degree and, despite having to spend 10 weeks in hospital and a further eight at a special brain injury centre in Cambridgeshire, he managed to get back to university and finish his degree a year later.
Mr Flatman, 25, is now hoping to raise money for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust who were instrumental in his recovery.
He said: “The rehabilitation centre really helped me massively. The people there were fabulous and they liaised with university to see what extra help I could get.
“I’m looking to raise £2,000 and want all of that money to go towards helping people with a brain injury.”
Mr Flatman, who lives in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, says being able to finish his degree gave him a real sense of accomplishment and he has also enjoyed regaining his fitness.
He said: “I’ve always been into running and I rowed at school but this will be my first proper marathon.
“I knew I wanted to do a big race and thought it would be brilliant to raise money for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust.
“The training has been difficult but I’m keeping up for the most part! If I get round in under five hours I’ll be pleased.”
Mr Flatman will be cheered on during the event on April 17 by a support party of friends and family including his sister Heather Partridge.
She said: “I am so proud of Luke and all that he’s achieved since the accident and can’t wait to cheer him on in London.
“Supporting Luke’s marathon bid is a fantastic way to say thank you to the staff at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and of course we owe all the doctors and nurses who looked after Luke during those first few days after the crash in Scarborough a huge thank you too.”
Mr Flatman said he has fond memories of his time in Scarborough and would love to come back for a reunion with his university friends.
If you would like to sponsor Luke go to www.justgiving.com/luke-flatman