Reykjavik Marathon today, disability not the barrier it once was

Five overseas runners are not letting physical disability get in the way of running the Reykjavik Marathon today. The five marathon runners include a world record holder.

The runners each have in common that they use prosthetics from the Icelandic company Ossur and have not let disability ruin their passion for sport.

Jamie Andrew is one of them: a Scottish mountain climber who lost the ends of both arms and both feet to frostbite in the French Alps eight years ago, RUV reports. Despite this, he remains a committed mountaineer and uses specially designed tools from Ossur to help.

Another member of the group is Richard Whitehead, who ran a 42 kilometre marathon in two hours and 45 minutes – breaking the world marathon record in the category of below the knee amputees. He has run in 19 marathons so far, but has decided to settle for the half marathon in Reykjavik. A new world record could be on the cards; but Whitehead advised marathon fans not to hold their breath.