Hampshire Navy Officer aims to beat personal best on 100k run for military charity
4 May 2016 16:00
A Navy Lieutenant from Hampshire will be challenging himself to beat his personal best on a 100k run in July for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Paul Wright, 44 and from Lee-on-the-Solent, finished the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton last year in an amazing 14 hours, the second fastest time out of more than 200 competitors. This year he is looking to beat his time and improving it by a further two hours.
Paul says: "The 100k run was incredibly tough but I feel I can do better this time as I got lost a couple of times in the middle of the night. It might be a little ambitious but ideally I'd like to finish in less than 12 hours."
Joining the Royal Navy in 1991 as an apprentice, Paul has worked as a Weapon Engineer on many ships including HMS Cornwall, HMS Montrose, HMS Leeds Castle, HMS Richmond, HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious serving around the world.
It is because of his military background Paul is now raising money for Blind Veterans UK. He says: "Before last year I didn't realise the scope of the support Blind Veterans UK provides across the country.
"Having read stories on both Second World War veterans and the younger ones coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and how they are being supported by Blind Veterans UK I feel it is important to support the charity."
Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a fee of £75 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.
The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.
To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k, please visit blindveterans.org.uk/100k before 6 June 2016.
To support Paul as he runs a 100k for Blind Veterans UK, please visit justgiving.com/P-wright3.