Adrian Howden1RSLSteeper client and international athlete Adrian Howden has returned from a successful event at this year’s World Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.

Prior to losing his right leg after being hit by a motorcyclist eight years ago, Adrian was an international distance runner and has refused to let his disability put a stop to his successful sporting career.

Taking part in duathlons and triathlons around the globe, this is the fifth consecutive year Adrian has competed in the World Duathlon Championships, with previous events taking him to Canada, France and Spain.

It was in last year’s event that Adrian first debuted Freedom Innovations’ ‘Catapult’ running foot and secured a silver medal for his performance.

The blade’s cutting-edge C-spring design offers athletes a greater energy return in exchange for significantly less effort, facilitating improved speed, agility and endurance levels.

This year saw Adrian achieve a time of 1:20:14, putting him as the second lower limb amputee to cross the finish line and placing him eighth overall in the PT4 category.

Adrian said:

“This year, some of the categories had been merged, making the event significantly more competitive than in previous years. Although the course is always tough going, I’ve completely settled into running with the ‘Catapult’ and it’s my blade of choice for all major competitions now.

“I’m extremely grateful to RSLSteeper for giving me the tools to continue running at a competitive standard.”

Adrian has already begun raising funds for the 2015 World Duathlon Championships, which are set to take place in Adelaide, Australia.