Mike Bradley, business development manager at TAG Catering Equipment will be taking on the 2021 London Marathon with the aim of raising £2,500 for the Guide Dogs charity.
He described the challenge this year as running “for real”, following the cancellation of the 2020 event. Despite completing the full 26.2 miles for the virtual London Marathon in 2020, Bradley wants to run the world-famous route on 3 October.
He is an avid runner, is a coach for Saffron Striders and is a trained guide runner, providing guidance to the visually impaired on their runs. Although a frequent runner, the furthest Bradley had run prior to the 2020 virtual Marathon was 20-miles in one go. He hasn’t run a marathon since.
In September 2019 he was named Coach of the Year at England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards in recognition of developing the Saffron Striders’ 10-week zero to 5k and 5k to 10k programmes, attracting over 50 new members and not missing a single training session over 22-weeks.
Bradley commented: “I have been working with blind people since I was 8-years old when my mum lost her sight. We regularly went to meetings where there would always be guide dogs for me to play with.
“I also did my ski guiding 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.”
Last year he managed to raise over £2,000 for the charity with his virtual run, but has upped the target this year, detailing: “By increasing my fundraising aim to £2,500 it will mean the branch fundraising total will be over £60,000. This is more than the whole lifecycle cost of a guide dog and will further help support the amazing work they do.
“I’d be grateful if you could help me raise as much as possible.”
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