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Ex-Soldier turned businessman takes on mammoth marathon challenge in aid of Blind Veterans UK

Date
29 May 2013 13:05

An ex-Soldier turned businessman has decided to take on a mammoth fundraising challenge and run in 13 half marathons in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

An ex-Soldier turned businessman has decided to take on a mammoth fundraising challenge and run in 13 half marathons in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

Iain Herron, 43, who was born in Edinburgh and now lives in Hampshire, is already nearly halfway through the challenge he hopes will raise an enormous amount for Blind Veterans UK. Iain has completed five marathons and has eight others still to go.

Iain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather when he decided to join the Armed Forces in 1987. He served in the Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support) branch of the British Army for 23 years in total, and on leaving the forces started J1 Consulting Ltd, an ex-military recruitment consultancy which sources high quality personnel for commercial organisations.

Iain said: "The reason I and others at J1 Consulting wanted to support Blind Veterans UK is two-fold and relatively simple; we wanted to support a military charity because of what we do as a business,

and as well as this, having raised money for a variety of charities over the years we felt that this was an opportunity to raise awareness of a lesser known charity.

"Blind Veterans UK is currently running its No One Alone campaign to reach out to the estimated 68,000 blind veterans who could be eligible for the charity's support but do not know that it exists. This was a figure that really shocked me. Through my running challenge I want to raise awareness about the charity's work as well as raise vital funds in aid of it.

"When it came to deciding what to do I thought long and hard about what would be difficult enough for people to think 'I want to donate', but was still something I could actually do  - I like running, just not very good at it!  Some say 13 is an unlucky number but as a half-marathon is 13 miles I came up with doing 13 half-marathons in 2013 - so 13/13/13!".

So far Iain has run in the Windsor, Wokingham, Dorney Lake, Bournemouth and Worthing Half Marathons. He is still to run Half Marathons in the South Downs (8th June 2013), Torbay (23rd June 2013), Windsor (28th July 2013), the Royal Parks in London (6th October 2013) and Salisbury (20th October 2013). There are also three others to be confirmed.

To support Iain Herron with his half marathon challenge in aid of Blind Veterans UK, go to his Just Giving page.