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mudMAINA WOMAN with spina bifida and hydrocephalus has become the first female wheelchair-user in the UK to complete the Mud Runner Classic.

Sita Patel, 34, clocked up a time of 3hr.48m in the 7-mile event at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, raising funds and awareness for Shine, the charity that supports people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus – complex and life-threatening conditions that affect mobility, coordination, communication and development.

Sita, who works for the NHS and whose nickname is ‘Rims’, recruited a team of friends to join her, and hired an all-terrain wheelchair from Mountain Trike (www.mountaintrike.com).

 Sita, from Northolt, London, said: “I want to give back to Shine and help other people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus to get the same support and opportunities as me.

“It was tough and that deep mud nearly defeated us, but the Mountain Trike proved an essential piece of kit and I couldn’t have done it without it and my incredible team members. It was great fun and I feel a huge sense of achievement to have completed the course.”