FORMER Sutton Marine Alex Brewer, who was seriously injured in Afghanistan, is celebrating after completing the Mansfield Family Fun Run on Sunday.
Alex had to undergo a below-knee amputation on his left leg and has also had reconstruction on his right leg.
He has recently had another operation on his knee and the Fun Run, which started and finished at Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park, was his first walking challenge.
What makes his achievement all the more remarkable is the fact that Alex has also been suffering from an infection in his right leg and had to go to King’s Mill Hospital shortly afterwards for a course of antibiotics.
The 22-year-old, who was supported by his family, said: “I was fortunate that it wasn’t too hot or too cold - it was the right sort of temperature for the event.
“It was a great day and a really good atmosphere.”
Alex, who served with 42 Commando, asked members of 1300 (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Air Training Corps to accompany him.
Adult Warrant Officer Amanda Coleman said: “We were proud to be asked and to walk alongside a Marine, an injured one even more so.
Alex, who is a former member of Sutton Harriers Athletic Club, and the cadets completed the race in just under half an hour.
For the final 300 metres of the race, the cadets and staff, marched behind Alex.