EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt, best known for playing Ian Beale, has praised his son for running the London Marathon just months after a car accident meant he had to learn to walk again.
EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has praised his “miraculous” son as the pair finished the London Marathon just months after he was run over by a car.
The actor, best known for playing Ian Beale, was comfortably outpaced by his son Sam, despite him being initially left unable to walk from the collision.
He spoke of his pride at watching the teenager undertake the challenge despite spending several days in a coma.
He told the Press Association: “He got hit by a car back in September, the London Air Ambulance came out to him and put him in an induced coma for two days, a five-hour op to rebuild his pelvis.
“He was in a wheelchair for eight weeks had to learn to walk again which he did really quickly, then he had to run which he did really really quickly, then he went back to doing his gymnastics and all his tumbling really, really quickly.
“It has been pretty miraculous and then he goes and runs this in four hours and 24 minutes.
“It was brilliant. I haven’t seen him yet I’m trying to find him, he’s been texting saying ‘where are you?’.”
Despite the father and son setting off together, Sam finished nearly three hours quicker with Adam getting round the course in seven hours.
But the disparity in race times was partly explained by the soap opera favourite getting distracted.
“With Sam, I had him for the first mile – gone,” Adam joked.
“Somewhere around Poplar, might have been Docklands, I don’t know, we stopped and got an ice cream.”
Together they raised around £6,500 for the Air Ambulance Service, who had come to Sam’s aid after he was hit.
“I knew we would complete it the original plan was we were going to walk it, my son was going to run it, I was going to walk it with my mate, but training went really well and we were going to run,” Adam said.
“Unfortunately his knee went around 11 miles and he nearly quit around Limehouse but he didn’t, he kept going, just had to go a lot lot slower.
“The most important thing is we’ve finished.”