Mini-marathon success for Warwick School pupil Zien Zhou - The Leamington Observer

Mini-marathon success for Warwick School pupil Zien Zhou

Leamington Editorial 29th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

WARWICK School student Zien Zhou won the London Mini Wheelchair Marathon on Sunday after completing the course in a new personal best time.

The Mini London Marathon is a championship event for young wheelchair athletes. The course is three miles long and participants must be able to self-propel themselves throughout.

There is a time limit of 45 minutes but youngster Zien completed the race in just 17 minutes 46 seconds, smashing his personal best by six minutes.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, he said: “We only live in this world for a short time so I choose to work hard and make the most of it.”

Zien was presented with his trophy by Prince Harry who asked the year nine student if he had enjoyed the race.

Zien decided back in November to join Coventry Godiva Harriers Wheelchair Racing Academy with the goal of competing in this major event for the first time and with less than six months training.

He trained three times a week, for two hours each session and has been taking part in wheelchair basketball and cycling at home for approximately 25 miles on the days he had no training.

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