Detective Constable takes on Great North Run for Blind Veterans UK

1 July 2014 16:46

A DC from Lancashire is tackling the challenge of running 13 miles to raise vital funds for blind military veterans.

DC Adrian Lilley will take part in the Great North Run on Sunday 7 September in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Tackling one of the UK's most iconic routes, Adrian will start the run in Newcastle, pass the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Stadium to finish in South Shields.

Adrian, 48 and from Barnoldswick, says: "This will be quite a challenge as I have not run in a while but it's something I'm happy to take on for such a good cause. Blind Veterans UK do amazing work. Sight loss can affect any current or ex-Service men and women at any time in their lives, so it's important blind veterans are supported by any means necessary."

Adrian currently works at West Yorkshire Police as a Detective Constable. He previously worked at North Yorkshire Police and City of London Police.

Before joining the police force, Adrian served in the Army from 1986 to 1994 in the Royal Anglian Regiment. While with the Army he was stationed in the United Kingdom and Germany and served in Northern Ireland.

In preparation of the Great North Run Adrian has been combining running and cycling as part of his training. He cycles to and from work multiple times a week and goes out running several times a week.

Adrian says: "I'm looking forward to the Great North Run as I've heard many describe it as an amazing, almost magical, experience. If anyone is running and has not chosen a charity to fundraise for, I'd urge them to support Blind Veterans UK."

If you secured a place through the ballot you can still run for Blind Veterans UK and be part of the charity's team. All runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK running vest to wear on the day. To join the Blind Veteran UK team please call Aaron on 020 7616 7927 or email

To sponsor Adrian as he takes on the Great North Run to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK, please visit his Just Giving Page. For more information on Blind Veterans UK, please the about us section of our website.