AN OLYMPIC torchbearer visited a village school to inspire the children after some took part in the torch procession through Sleaford.
Glen Keeble, 41 lives in Sleaford and is a parent governor at Kirkby La Thorpe Church of England Primary School. He visited pupils at the school to talk about his experience of running with the torch and the children were also able to have a photograph taken with him and the torch he decided to buy and keep.
He was nominated to be a torchbearer by family and friends for his courage and determination. In 1987 aged just 17, Glen was involved in a traffic accident, where he lost his right arm and broke both legs, a rib and his neck in two places. At the time he was only the 27th person in the world to have survived this type of neck break.
After an operation on his 18th birthday he learnt to walk again, finally being able to do sponsored runs and charity events. His first was a run from Sleaford to Ruskington to raise money for Tealby Ward in Lincoln County Hospital where he describes the staff as ‘his heroes’, as well as a London to Brighton bike ride in aid of Marie Curie who helped when Glen’s dad died.
He retrained and now works as a Lead Capital Investment Manager. His mother and older brother also describe him as a pillar of strength when he lost his youngest brother in a fatal accident.
Glen ran with the torch on Thursday, June 28 in Saxilby and described it as fantastic and surreal.
Glen enjoyed the reaction of the schoolchildren, saying: “That’s what it’s all about.”