A SUTTON marine who lost part of his leg in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan is preparing to take part in the Mansfield Family Fun Run on Sunday.
Alex Brewer (22) featured in Chad at the end of last year when he described adjusting to civilian life since being injured in the war-torn country.
The former Quarrydale School pupil had to undergo a below-knee amputation on his left leg and reconstruction work on his right leg after being injured in the explosion in May last year.
Now, after having more work on his leg, Alex is getting ready to take part in the 1.5-mile Mansfield Family Fun Run.
Alex, who served with from 42 Commando, said: “It was mentioned that it was coming up about two months ago and I’d had an operation that has sorted my knee out.”
Alex currently splits his time between the family home in Sutton and Headley Court, the defence rehabilitation centre in Surrey.
Before his injury, Alex always enjoyed sport particularly running, cycling and martial arts.
When he spoke to Chad in November, he said that he was keen to carry on with these as he regained the strength in his legs.
Describing his preparation for the race, he said: “I haven’t been doing any special training but I have combined it with my rehab so I can practice doing it. It’s been quite progressive.”
On the day, Alex will be supported during the race by his friends, family, Sutton Harriers and the Sutton Air Cadets.
“I’m looking forward to being able to get out there and do a reasonable amount of walking,” he said.
“The operation has all gone right and I got the best result possible.
“I am doing one month at Headley Court and one back at Sutton. The more I do the better I get.”
Alex is a former member of Sutton Harriers Athletics Club and has previously competed in races such as the Mansfield and Newark half marathons.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s race he said: “I am happy to see how it is on the day.
“I won’t know how I am feeling until I do it.”
In September last year, Alex, who enlisted with the army in 2008, led the Parade for Mansfield’s Heroes in the town.
Thousands of locals lined the streets to pay tribute to the contribution of military men and women. More than £4,500 was raised for Help For Heroes.