Essex man to take on London Marathon for military charity

20 January 2016 15:49

A man from Essex will be running the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Mark Waters, 42 and from Hornchurch, only started running four months ago but feels he can take on the challenge of running the marathon in April with enough preparation.

Mark says: "I tend to do things on impulse and I have a fun time doing the events I sign up for. A few years ago I signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k and it was a great experience."

Mark learned more about Blind Veterans UK after he signed up for the 100k London to Brighton in 2012, which he finished in 25 hours.

Mark says: "It is pretty impressive what Blind Veterans UK do for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. It was great to support them back then and am happy I'll be able to support them again now by running the London marathon."

Mark has heard from his colleagues and family how much fun it is to run the London marathon and he's looking forward to the challenge. Mark is looking to run the marathon in under four hours.

Mark says: "I know it might be a bit ambitious to aim for sub four hours as it's my first time but I feel with my training and going out five times a week it should be possible."

Registration for the London marathon is now closed but like Mark you can take on this year's 100k London to Brighton challenge for Blind Veterans UK, please visit

To support Mark as he takes on the London marathon for Blind Veterans UK, please visit