Former St Andrews student to run Dubai Marathon in aid of paralysed athlete


Former University of St Andrews postgraduate student David Thompson has pledged to run the Dubai Marathon next month, to assist with the rehabilitation treatment costs of friend and award-winning British athlete Drew Graham. Graham’s treatment, for a broken neck suffered on 21 September 2014 in a swimming accident in the United States, is not covered by his health insurance.

The former Gosforth Harrier middle-to-long-distance runner, who now lives in Texas, broke his C4 vertebra when he dived into a reservoir in Aurora, Colorado. He underwent six hours of life-saving surgery following the accident and despite losing all feeling and mobility below his shoulders is currently embarking on a long rehabilitation programme. By all accounts, he is showing encouraging early signs of progress.

Regarding his decision to assist Graham, former St Andrews resident Thompson, who currently resides in the UAE, said simply: “our friendship goes back over 10 years, and I know beyond any doubt that Drew would do exactly the same for me.”

The Dubai Marathon takes place on 23 January 2015. Donations can be made at:


  1. Yet another reason why the United States needs fully state provided healthcare, both more efficient per pound and comprehensive.


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