Ex-soldier determined to beat his half marathon personal best for Blind Veterans UK

1 October 2014 09:45

A former high-ranking soldier from North Yorkshire is determined to run a half marathon in less than one hour and 45 minutes to raise funds for blind military veterans.

Former Warrant Officer Dave Martin will run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 12 October for Blind Veterans UK. The half marathon will take him along some of London's most iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament.

Dave, 43 and from Catterick Garrison, has been running for the past couple of years and has a personal best at a half marathon of one hour 50 minutes - meaning an average speed of  7.3 miles per hour.

Dave says: "Events like the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon motivate me to keep running. I'm aiming to run this half marathon in under one hour and 45 minutes whilst enjoying London and the scenic Royal Parks route."

Dave served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) from 1988 to 2011 where he achieved the Army's highest possible rank for a non-commissioned officer. With the REME he was stationed in Germany and served in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dave says: "I chose to support Blind Veterans UK because as an ex-Service man I feel it's important that our veterans get the support they need. I urge people to get involved and support this great charity."

In preparation for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon Dave has been training three times a week running between five and 10 miles each time.

Blind Veterans UK also welcomes runners to join our team who have secured a place through the ballot. All runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK running vest to wear on the day.

To sponsor Dave Martin as he takes on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in aid of Blind Veterans UK, please visit To run for Blind Veterans UK please call Aaron on 020 7616 7927 or email