David overcomes wasp sting to complete 5k charity run

PUBLISHED: 13:19 13 September 2018

Sidmouth Running Club mmeber David Skinner after completing the Michelmores Exeter 5k. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Sidmouth Running Club mmeber David Skinner after completing the Michelmores Exeter 5k. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Sidmouth Running Club’s David Skinner took part in the Michelmores Exeter 5k Charity Run on the first Thursday of September, writes Hamish Spence.

This annual event is now in its 18th year and the proceeds are being donated to The Amber Foundation, a charity that helps young homeless unemployed people get back on their feet.

Congestion at the start line on The Cathedral Green meant that David got off very slowly.

However, he soon broke away from the ruck, progressing around the route, picking up speed and passing other competitors. Then disaster struck half way through Northernhay Gardens!

David had several other runners closing in on him when a wasp flew into his air space and stung him near his right eye!

The impact and reaction of the irritated insect caused David to swipe at it, knocking his glasses to the ground. He lost time here while looking for the glasses and even more time getting checked over by a first aider.

Due to all this excitement, David’s time was still a respectable 33:04, coming in 727th out of 950 runners.

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