Nepal’s quake spurs Sam on to run again

Sam Harvey-Owen who will be running the Woodhall spa 10K for charity
Sam Harvey-Owen who will be running the Woodhall spa 10K for charity

A Horncastle man who was told he would never run again will compete in the Woodhall Spa 10K run this Sunday.

Sam Harvey-Owen was involved in a car crash last October, which saw the roofer hit a tree on a bend near Scrivelsby when returning home from work in Boston one wet evening.

“I shattered my leg. I have metal running through my leg. I snapped my pelvis and I split my liver. I was in hospital for a month and they put me in a wheel chair. I was in a wheelchair for a month and then on crutches for a couple of months,” Sam said.

The 26-year-old, who used to run as well as play football for AFC Tetford started training a couple of months ago.

“Things are going well. Obviously, with all the news about Nepal, I found a great focus to train hard and raise money,” he said.

Sam chose the Lincs2Nepal charity as his mate Leo Scott Smith is a trustee for the charity and has already helped with Nepal’s aid efforts following the earthquake. He returns on June 14 to head a team of volunteers who will help build shelters for quake victims who lost their homes.

Leo, a self-employed web-designer for Tetford, has been involved with the Lincs2Nepal charity for three years and a trustee since the New Year.

“We have schools out there. We provide education to under privileged children who would be destined to do the same work as their fathers and grandfathers,” explained the 20-year-old.

“Nepal is a country that is ignored. It’s one of the poorest in the world. It has a corrupt government system which makes development very tricky.”

Leo’s first trip to Nepal was in April, returning back to the UK just days before the quake struck on April 25.

He returned a few days afterwards and was there for two weeks providing food aid to a group of 26 villages close to the border with India.

“The charity is 100% voluntary so every penny goes to the charity. We can feed a family of 8-10 people for a month for £7,” Leo explained.

“When I go back on the 14th, I am heading a team of volunteers. We will be providing the materials and helping locals build semi-permanent structures.

“The Monsoon season starts in six weeks. If we don’t build shelters the death toll will triple because of the constant rain. We will be building shelters for all of the villages we provided aid for.”

Such support will help around 2000 families or around 10,000 people living in the 26 villages.

“Because we don’t have paid people, the most shocking part of the (last) trip is seeing the big charities taking the mickey. It was horrible.

“One had big 4x4s driving around. Another had staff staying at the Radission Hotel where they have massages and buffets.

“We slept on a sofa on my first visit. Next time, we will be sleeping in tents.”

To help Sam go to Justgiving.com/Sam-Harvey-Owen8.