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Unstoppables: A Black Train Films Documentary Film
Our mission is to inspire people to take up sport or music and overcome life's most serious challenges such as Injury, Illness and Poverty.                          Our mission is to inspire people to take up sport or music and overcome life's most serious challenges such as Injury, Illness and Poverty.                                Our mission is to inspire people to take up sport or music and overcome life's most serious challenges such as Injury, Illness and Poverty.

Our Unstoppable of August: James Simpson

We are inspired by his recent competition in the Spartan Race where he became the first double amputee to compete at the event.

Lance Bombardier James Simpson lost his limbs after he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2009.

The 27-year-old, from Rawdon in Leeds, spent months training for the Spartan Race, which took place in Ripon.

The event is a four mile (7km) open country run with 25 surprise obstacles including leaping over flaming logs.

He also had to scale 30ft (9m) high cargo nets, crawl under barbed wire and wade through muddy ditches.

James Simpson

James Simpson

L/Bdr Simpson has been described as an inspiration by the organisers of the event, which is a shorter version of the Spartan Beast, a 12 mile-long course dubbed the “obstacle race from hell”.
He completed the course in just over four hours, wearing what he calls “stubbies” – small pads that fit to the bottom of his thighs.

He was given a standing ovation from fellow racers and spectators as he crossed the finishing line.

L/Bdr Simpson said afterwards: “It’s been brilliant. I knew it was going to be really tough, I was under no illusions. I had to dig, I really did.

“I’m really happy.”

L/Bdr Simpson, who is leaving the Army to become a student, has so far raised more than £2,500 for the SSAFA military charity through donations made on his Just Giving web page.

Race director Richard Lee said: “James is an inspiration to everybody.

“One of our core values is overcoming adversity and accepting challenges.

“What James has achieved today represents everything we believe in. We are proud of him.”

Source: BBC News

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