Blind Rifleman Paul Jacobs completes Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK

3 February 2015 15:59

A Rifleman who lost his sight in Afghanistan in 2009 has completed the Brighton Half Marathon for a military charity that has supported him ever since.

Paul Jacobs GM, 25, and from Brighton, completed the course in 2 hours 2 minutes for Blind Veterans UK.

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is the national organisation for vision impaired ex-service men and women, and believes that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. The charity provides blind and vision impaired ex-service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.

Paul served with the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, and was blinded on Afghanistan's frontline on 20th August 2009.

He was awarded the prestigious George Medal for bravery as he continued to protect his colleagues after he was wounded.

Paul, who ran the entire route in a camouflaged tutu, was running the race as part of his training to compete in an Iron Man triathlon later in the year.

Paul said: "It was a fantastic race and the crowds really got behind me and the other Blind Veterans UK runners.

"The tutu attracted a lot of attention from the crowds and the extra cheers spurred me on to run right to the end.

"I would recommend the tutu for those looking for new running kit as the extra breathing space was particularly useful.

"Completing the Brighton Half Marathon is an important step in my training for the Iron Man; I will also be running the London Marathon in April as part of my training."

 If you want to take part in any fundraising events for Blind Veterans UK then you can find out more at /how-you-can-help/fundraise.