Three medals for Richard at UK Transplant Games

Silver Run
Silver Run

Four years on from having a bone marrow transplant Richard Adams is on cloud nine after winning three medals at the UK Transplant Games.

Richard, from Chirnside was diagnosed with a pre-Leukeamia condition Retrograde Anaemia with Excessive Blast cells (RAEB),shortly after completing the Great North Swim in 2009.

He had a bone marrow transplant a year later and has defied the odds since to not only return to swimming but also running, becoming a member of Norham running club.

And his determination in each sport certainly paid off on last weekend when he travelled to the Transplant Games in Bolton and came home with a gold, silver and bronze.

His first medal of the day came courtesy of a third place finish in the 200m freestyle and then he exceeded his own expectations by smashing his personal best to win the 200m breastroke.

And then after getting out of the pool he competed in the mini-marathon where he took second.

Richard, who works at Farne Salmon in Duns, accomplished his medal winning feat despite suffering a heavy cold meaning his training was hit hard in the run up to the event.

Understandably he and his wife Jacqui and daughter Becky, who travelled to north west England with him are delighted.

“I’m so proud of him,” Jacqui told ‘The Berwickshire’.

“To be honest it’s unbelievable; particularly as he did it all in one afternoon.

“My daughter took a video of his 200m free race and all you can hear is her shouting ‘he’s done it mum, he’s done it!’

“In that race he didn’t just win the race, he was a third of the pool in front of the rest - I don’t think he could believe it himself, he was looking around wondering where they all were.”

Next on Richard’s to-do list is an open water swim at Loch Lomond and after his success in Bolton he has been asked to compete in next year’s UK Transplant Games due to be held in Newcastle.

“We’ve had a good few setbacks so things like last weekend mean a lot.

“Myself and Becky were really overcome.

“It was just so great to be a part a of it all,” Jacqui added.