LUCKY to be alive after being struck by a bus, a Moray runner has completed her first race, just seven weeks after her horrific accident.
Susan McGregor (24) escaped serious injury when she was knocked down next to Elgin bus station in February while on a training run.
The lab analyst ended up under the vehicle, but miraculously suffered only a damaged shoulder, facial abrasions and a cut to the back of her head, which required stitches.
Susan admitted that she was to blame for the accident, as she had been listening to music on her headphones, cut across the corner of the bus depot and had not heard the bus approaching.
Despite her terrifying experience, however, she was determined to return to running .... although she chose safer training routes and ditched the headphones.
Last Sunday she completed her comeback to full health and fitness by entering the Moray Road Runners’ 10k in Elgin, her first-ever competitive event.
And she exceeded her own expectations by clocking a fantastic time and finishing in the top 75 out of nearly 200 competitors.
“Because I enjoy running so much, I was keen to get straight out there,” said Susan. “I think I am obviously more cautious when I am out running because of what happened, but I didn’t really have a second thought about doing it again.”
During her rehabilitation, Susan’s shoulder became infected, so as a precaution she left it for four weeks before getting her trainers back on. But it wasn’t long before she was making plans to run a 10k.
“I had never competed in a race before, but this one came up at the right time. I felt that my fitness was back to where it was before, and there were never any doubts in my mind.
Full story and Elgin 10k round-up in Northern Scot print version.