Hit and run crash leaves athlete's career in doubt

9am, Thursday - AN ALLEGED hit and run smash has left the illustrious running career of a Horncastle athlete in doubt.

England international runner Lindi Marson was knocked off her bike while cycling along Langton Lane between Horncastle and Woodhall Spa.

Lindi, a Horncastle-based sports physiotherapist, said: "I am hoping to run again, but I don't know.

"I still cannot run, swim or cycle and even walking is painful.

"I don't think I will ever go out on a bicycle again."

She is waiting to hear about the extent of injuries and has been forced to pull out of the British Masters Cross Country Championships in Wales this month.

Lindi needed to compete as the event was critical to her being selected to run for England this year.

She has also had to withdraw from local and national races, including the South of England Cross Country Championships.

Lindi said: "It's a bitter pill to swallow. I was in the middle of a highly successful cross-country season."

She added: "Ironically I decided - because I was running so well and in order to remain injury free – to go cycling, which I often do."

Dick Holmes, of Lincolnshire Police, said police were still investigating the incident.

He said it has been alleged that a silver Astra travelling towards Woodhall Spa had clipped the handlebars of Lindi's bicycle as she was heading towards Horncastle at about 12.20pm on Sunday, January 18.

Mr Holmes said the car stopped and a woman climbed out and there was a verbal altercation.

He said the woman then climbed back in and the car allegedly reversed towards Lindi, who was lying on the ground, before driving off.

Lindi said: "It span me around so I ended up lying on the ground with the bike on top of me and in the opposite direction.

"My feet were in the toe clips so I couldn't get my legs out, I couldn't untangle myself. I was stuck"

She said a farmer, his wife and two of their friends came to her aid and the police were there within minutes.

Lindi was taken to hospital and was treated for leg injuries.

Lindi has represented Lincolnshire five times in cross country at the Inter-County and World Trials and holds six county gold badges and six county silver badges.

She has also held the East of England masters five mile road record since 1995 and is the current senior ladies 5,000m county champion.

Lindi said: "At the moment I can't do anything because it's too painful. Normally an athlete would do something like swimming or aqua jogging but I can't do any of that."

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