A man from Brighton is set to tackle a 100k distance between London and Brighton for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

5 January 2016 15:39

Richard Quinn, aged 39, loves to push himself and a friend supported by Blind Veterans UK challenged him to take on the charity's biggest event of the year. However, Richard didn't think it was tough enough to simply take on the 100k so he decided he will run the entire distance with 25kg weights on his back.

Richard says: "I like to put a twist to the challenges I take on. My friend has a guide dog and it seemed fitting to run the 100k with the weight of my friend's guide dog on my back while raising as much as possible for the Blind Veterans UK."

Richard was inspired to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK after he has seen and heard how his friend has been supported by the charity.

Richard says: "She always tells me the many ways she has been supported by Blind Veterans UK and I wanted to do something back to the charity that has helped her so much."

Richard is no stranger to demanding challenges, just last year he completed 11 Tough Mudder events of which three were in one weekend and has previously completed two marathons within the same week.

Richard will be taking on the challenge together with his friend Matt. Richard and Matt are already training with the weights on their backs for the 100k challenge averaging around 20 miles.

Richard says: "It's great to be running together with Matt. We can encourage each other on route as we're looking to finish it in about 16 hours."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £100. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

Richard says: "Matt and I are incredibly stubborn, we will make it across that finish line one way or another."

To support Richard and Matt as they take on the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/2men100km50kg24hours.

To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge, please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.