(C) Jeremy Hemming, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge at the Tower, London (November 2002)
(C) Jeremy Hemming, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge at the Tower, London (November 2002)

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Watson lifts runners at Challenge halfway mark
Daily Mail 24/03/03 by Cathy Wood

Former super-middle-weight Michael Watson was a huge source of inspiration yesterday for the five remaining competitors of the Flora 1000 mile challenge.

Watson suffered terrible injuries in his world title fight with Chris Eubank in 1991 and after being in a coma and then confined to a wheelchair.

 

The boxer is now adjusting to life back on his feet as he prepares for his major challenge - the Flora London Marathon on April 13.

Yesterday he was a spectator as he set the competitors off on the 500th mile of their epic journey.

Competitor Rory Coleman said £He's an incredible guy and to come back like he has made me feel very humble."

Watson hopes to raise £1 million for the British Brain and Spine Foundation by completing the marathon in six days. Eubank will accompany him on the last day.


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