Paralympian Paul killed whilst training

PUBLISHED: 11:09 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 May 2010

Paul Pearce

Paul Pearce

ONE of Britain s finest Paralympic athletes has been killed while training. Paul Pearce was critically injured after being struck by a lorry on the A507 near Stotfold, Bedfordshire, on Thursday afternoon. Mr Pearce, 43, who lived in Letchworth GC, was a p

ONE of Britain's finest Paralympic athletes has been killed while training.

Paul Pearce was critically injured after being struck by a lorry on the A507 near Stotfold, Bedfordshire, on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Pearce, 43, who lived in Letchworth GC, was a prominent marathon runner and had competed in several Paralympic Games for Great Britain.

A self-employed window cleaner, Mr Pearce, who had two sons Michael and Luke from a previous marriage, was a partially sighted athlete who was a dedicated long-distance runner and a member of North Herts Road Runners.

His coach Karen Dodsworth said: "We are all terribly shocked by Paul's death who was a dedicated runner who lived for marathon running.

"Despite his disability he still managed to train and compete at the highest level."

Chief executive of the British Paralympic Association Phil Lane told the Comet who informed him of the tragedy: "This is terrible. I am totally devastated by the news. It is hard to comprehend that we have lost one of our finest athletes in such terrible circumstances.

"He was an inspiration to so many of our disabled athletes and will be greatly missed."

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