Mike Bradley of TAG Catering Equipment has smashed his fundraising target for running the Virtual London Marathon by 211%, raising over £2,000 for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
He was due to take part in the 40th London Marathon in April which was unfortunately cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However not to be deterred and put all his training to waste, Bradley took part in the Virtual London Marathon on 4 October.
With no guaranteed place in the 2021 Marathon, Bradley did not want to disappoint those that had already sponsored him. The Virtual London Marathon consisted of running nine laps of a closed circuit until the 26.2miles distance was reached.
He completed the marathon in 4 hours 58 minutes which included several laps socially-distancing-guiding blind runners. Bradley is a trained guide runner, supporting the visually impaired on regular runs as part of his coaching activities with Saffron Striders.
“I have been dealing with blind people since I was 8-years old when my mum lost her sight,” he commented. “I also did my ski guiding qualification with guide dogs and I now do guide running with visually impaired runners. I am branch organiser for the Saffron Walden Branch of Guide Dogs Fundraising.”
Bradley appraised: “I was hoping to raise £1,000, as it would take the branch fundraising over £56,000, which is the whole lifecycle cost of a guide dog.
“I am completely overwhelmed by the donations made to my fundraising efforts. I cannot thank those enough that have donated.”
At the time of writing, Bradley has raised £2,111. If you do wish to donate, you can do so via his JustGiving page here.