Daredevil legend vows to complete marathon

Fri, 22 Apr 14:43:00 2011

Daredevil legend Eddie Kidd is still competing in the London Marathon and expects to take four weeks to complete the race.

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The 51-year-old, who has only recently learned how to walk again after a horrific motorbike crash 15 years ago, ditched his wheelchair for the start of the race and is determined to make it to the finish line.

By Thursday, Kidd had covered only three miles - but he has been encouraged by the support of well-wishers on the route.

"This is my greatest stunt yet and I'll be doing another marathon in two years," Kidd told The Sun.

Kidd became a household name in the 1980s with a series of spectacular stunts, including a jump over the Great Wall of China.

He was also a stunt double in movies for the likes of Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan.

However, he suffered serious head and pelvic injuries, which still afflict him to this day, in a stunt bike crash at the Bulldog Bash held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon in 1996. He was in a coma for six weeks.

He is running the marathon to raise money for children with leukaemia.


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