Mike Bradley, business development manager at TAG Catering Equipment, has secured a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2020.
He will be taking on the 26.2mile running challenge in aid of Guide Dogs (The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association), hoping to raise £1,000.
Bradley 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 he has run in one go is 20miles, so the marathon course is set to be a real challenge.
He said: “I have been dealing 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.
“I am hoping to raise £1,000 as it will take the branch fundraising over £56,000 which is the whole lifecycle cost of a guide dog.
“I am as passionate about helping visually impaired people experience things that they can’t do without assistance, as I am about running.”
Bradley appealed: “I’d be grateful if you could help me raise as much as possible.”
To donate to his London Marathon fundraising click here. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-saffronstrider
In September 2019, Bradley 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.