Adrian Howden1Leeds-based amputee athlete, Adrian Howden, is set to compete at the 2013 Duathlon World Championships, on advanced new running blades fitted by RSLSteeper, one of the world’s leading providers of prosthetic and orthotic services. 

Prior to losing his right leg after a road traffic accident in 2006, Adrian was an international distance runner. Following the amputation, the NHS prescribed Adrian with a carbon fibre running blade, which was fitted by RSL Steeper at the Leeds Teaching Hospital in Seacroft, and he has been competing in disabled triathlons and duathlons ever since.
Now, RSL Steeper has fitted Adrian with an advanced new “Catapult” running foot from Freedom Innovations, which features a carbon fibre support and is designed to help him run faster and further.
After finishing 5th in the Duathlon World Championships in 2011 and 2012, Adrian hopes to do even better in 2013 with the help of his new blade, and is currently raising funds for this year’s event in Ottawa, Canada:
“Triathlon and Duathlon are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the inclusion of triathlon in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The standard is getting better and better, and my new running blade from RSL Steeper will help me to improve my times and continue to compete at the highest level.
“The World Championships in Ottawa are a great opportunity for me to fly the flag for GB, but the trip to Canada is very expensive! I’m now looking to raise £1700 to pay for the flights and accommodation so I can compete.”
It’s already been a successful year for Adrian, who posted a personal best at both the 2012 Duathlon World Championships in Nancy, and another at the Clumber Park Duathlon in May 2013 on his new running blade. He will also be competing at the British Paratriathlon Championships in Liverpool on 13th – 14th July 2013, which will be broadcast on Channel 4.
Steve Carter, Prosthetic Service Manager at RSLSteeper, which works in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals, at Seacroft, said:
“We understand how important it is for active amputees to be able to continue to participate in the sports they love. Adrian is living proof of what amputee athletes can achieve and it’s fantastic to see him competing for honours in flagship international events.
“Many practitioners don’t realise that advanced running limbs like Adrian’s are available on the NHS, alongside specialist prosthetics for other sports like swimming and cycling. These can provide huge improvements to the quality of patients’ lives.”
RSL Steeper offer a wide range of different lower limb prostheses, designed to enable patients to live active lives at home, work and in the community. In addition to prostheses for everyday use, these include a selection of specialist solutions designed for activities including swimming, running and skiing.
The company’s Clinical Services Division provides clinical services both to the private market and also works in partnership with the NHS in the UK. With around 90 state-registered clinicians and 140 technicians, the company provide clinical services to some 200,000 patients every year.
Anyone looking to contribute to Adrian’s running fund through sponsorship or donations should contact him on 0113 2164197, or email: a.howden1@ntlworld.com