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LONDON MARATHON: Local runners to raise funds for blind charity

Friday 4th April 2014

TWO local runners are putting in a marathon effort to raise funds for the Kent Association for the Blind this month.

Michael Wilson (28), who serves at Invicta Park Barracks with the Royal Engineers, was due to run his first ever marathon in Brighton at the weekend.

He was being joined by Dave Withers, of Heathfield Road, Vinters Park, who plans to run two marathons on two consecutive weekends.

The 52 year old planned to run both the Brighton Marathon – on Sunday April 6 – then the London event next week, notching up his 20th marathon in total.

Dave said: “My training has been going well but even with plenty of marathon experience to draw upon it does not get any easier! This year I wanted to run for a local charity where my sponsorship would make a real difference to the lives of local people; I was inspired by my visit to KAB and I know that every pound I raise will be used to directly improve the lives of people with sight loss issues.”

Mike has a personal reason for supporting the charity. He said: “My sister is at risk of losing her sight at some point in the future and has had several scares in the past. KAB has been on hand to provide her with information which has helped to put her at ease. A marathon is also a personal challenge for me, but all for a worthy cause.”

Chrissie Keeley, community and events fundraiser at KAB said: “Running a marathon is a big commitment both in terms of the training and the race itself; I have huge respect for anyone who takes part in these long distances races.

 “This is the third fundraiser Mike has done for KAB and we are hugely grateful for his continued support.”