A Paralympic hopeful’s punishing training regime will be put to the test on Sunday when he tackles his first London Marathon.
Josh Landmann, 23, was left partially paralysed in 2014 when he damaged vertebrae in his neck after he dived into a swimming pool while on holiday in Ibiza.
He will never regain full mobility in his legs but he has thrown his energies into physical training and has already been selected to appear in the Team GB Paratriathlon Talent Squad.
On Sunday the wheelchair athlete will be joined by his dad Neil and friends Jack Smith, George Rowley and Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard for the 26.2 mile course.
Josh, from Knott End, said: “I have done two half marathons so far plus triathlon training so I’m ready.
“I’ve done lots of shoulder work and strengthening - where runners look after their legs I have to look after my upper body. I’ve set myself a target of no more than four-and-a-half hours but it just depends how hot it is.”
A Youtube video of Josh, who works in Kirkham, attempting to get over the ‘Everest’ wall during a Tough Mudder competition with his dad Neil – who has been training by running along Knott End sea wall with one-year-old cocker spaniel Eddie – shot him to fame last year.