Cardiff man to run in Edinburgh Marathon in honour of fallen soldier
21 May 2013 13:00
Cardiff local, Alan King, plans to run in his first marathon in support of Blind Veterans UK.
Cardiff local, Alan King, plans to run in his first marathon in support of Blind Veterans UK. Alan will be running in honour of Captain Stephen Healey who was serving with the 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh when he was killed by an IED explosion in Afghanistan in May 2012. Stephen was a tireless fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK.
Alan King, 56, who hails from Glasgow but now lives in Cardiff, first heard about the late Captain Stephen Healey through Thea Davies, who had been Stephen's partner. After Stephen was killed Thea organised a 415 mile running challenge in his memory, marking the fact that he was the 415th fallen soldier in the conflict. At the inquest into his death, Stephen was described by his Commanding Officer as "one of the best of his generation".
Alan, who works at a fitness club in Cardiff, says: "I met Thea Davies when she joined my spin class and she told me about her running challenge. I was so impressed to hear about it and knew that I wanted to help out in some way.
"I have decided to run in the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 26th May and it will be the first marathon I have ever run. Because it falls on the weekend of the anniversary of Stephen's death, this one of the few marathons that Thea will not be taking part in during her mammoth challenge, so I thought it might be a good idea for me to fill the gap".
Alan says: "In the past I have often chosen to support military charities and have heard a lot about the work of Blind Veterans UK. I feel very proud to be running in aid of it. My late mother supported the charity too, so for that reason as well it seems to make sense that I would be too.
"Training for the marathon has been going well. I have a good level of fitness as a fitness instructor, though am not used to running. I am looking forward to it a lot, and feel happy to be supporting such a good cause, and to be running it in memory of such a distinguished soldier."