Ascot man to run half marathon for Blind Veterans UK

1 May 2015 11:00

A solicitor from Ascot is challenging himself to run 13 miles in aid of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Martin Chambers, aged 58, is setting himself an impressive challenge to tackle the Brighton half marathon on 22 February 2015, raising vital funds for Blind Veterans UK. The stunning seafront route will take him past some of Brighton's iconic landmarks such as the West Pier, the Peace Statue, and Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre.

Martin said "I only started running in mid 2013 and couldn't do much more than a mile. Now I can easily run 10k. I want to run a half marathon to prove to myself that I can do it whilst fundraising for Blind Veterans UK. Then I will never do one again!"

Martin is no stranger to lending his support to good causes. Earlier this year he took part in the planting and picking of World War I commemoration poppies at the Tower of London. He also gives up his time to offer free legal advice to service personnel and their families at the HIVES at several RAF and Army bases. Now he has chosen to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK because of their work supporting veterans with sight loss.

Martin added "I feel strongly about military charities as my father served his National Service in the Royal Air Force after World War II.

"I remember when I was a child my grandmother, whom we used to visit often, was friends with a veteran called Charles Hancock who was blinded in World War I. He was supported by Blind Veterans UK, then St Dunstan's, so it felt natural to support such a great military charity."

Martin has been training hard for the Brighton half marathon. He has been following a special training schedule as well as running several short distances to prepare for the race.

Blind Veterans UK still has guaranteed places available for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon in February 2015. Early bird sign ups can secure a discount on the registration fee, only paying £20 for a place. Runners are asked to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship to support veterans with severe sight loss. Runners who have secured a place through the ballot are also encouraged to run for Blind Veterans UK. All runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK running vest to wear on the day.

To sponsor Martin as he takes on the Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, please visit