Offbeat Video

By David Aspinall


This unlucky freerunner suffered a painful faceplant while bounding across a building’s roof.

Luke Stones was practising his parkour across the top of apartments in Bournemouth, Dorset, when he attempted a long running jump.

Misjudging the power he needed to put into the distance, he tried to set his landing in midair causing his right hand to land just off the edge of the ridge he was using.

Slipping off, Luke’s face grazed along the sharp edge before the rest of his body fell off in a scorpion like shape landing hard on the right-hand side of his body.

Luke said: “It felt like someone had just taken a chainsaw to my face.

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“I immediately stood up and lent over and blood was just pouring off my head.

“It grazed a clear line from the top of my forehead, under my eye, to the side of my nose and to my chin.

“There was a particularly deep gash just to the left of my nose, one just underneath my nose and I also suffered a split lip.

“These three gashes had to be stitched up at the hospital.

“Apart from that I suffered severe grazing along my elbow and a hefty bash to my right knee.”

Luke has been doing parkour for the last six years and says that – despite broken bones being a semi-regular occurrence – facial injuries are less common.

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He said: “I haven’t experienced many other serious injuries like this, I have only broken my collarbone and my wrist.

“A normal sized running jump is about 13/14 steps whereas this jump was 17/18 steps.

“I overestimated the jump and so while running up I was putting all my power towards making it to the other side.

“In mid-air I realised I was going to overshoot so was concentrating on the positioning of my feet to take the impact.

“This means I wasn’t concentrating on where my hands were going to go once I had landed and wanted to jump off.

“I put my hands down on the wall, one made it on top and other just missed and slipped off the wall send my face to scrape along the sharp edge and throw me to the floor.”