RAF Corporal to tackle his first half marathon in 1 hour 45 minutes for Blind Veterans UK

1 July 2014 15:30

A Royal Air Force Corporal from Leeds is challenging himself to run 13 miles in one hour and 45 minutes to raise vital funds for blind military veterans.

William Moore will run the Great North Run on 7 September 2014 for Blind Veterans UK. The half marathon will take Will along the iconic Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Stadium.

Will, 30 and from Moortown, only started running this year after he moved to Leeds to work in the RAF Careers office. Yet, he is determined to run his first half marathon in one hour and 45 minutes - meaning an average speed of 7.5 miles per hour.

Will says: "I've always been into staying fit so running was an obvious choice. After I moved it also proved a good way to explore my new city."

Will joined the RAF in September 2001 and after two years of training at RAF Cosford he was stationed at RAF Lyneham, RAF Coningsby and RAF Leeming. He joined the RAF Careers office six months ago.

He says: "The opportunity came up to join the RAF Careers and this way I can share my experiences with those who are interested in joining. I get to give something back, not only for the RAF but also for the charities that help our veterans. I have the chance to raise vital funds and support others whilst at the same time highlighting how important it is to give back to our veterans.

"Blind Veterans UK is a worthy charity to fundraise for, especially as I'm in the Armed Forces."

The race, which starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields, is one of the world's biggest running events, and Will has been training hard in preparation. He has been running four times a week with one run a week of at least 10 miles.

If you secured a place through the ballot you can still run for Blind Veterans UK and be part of Great North Run team. All runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK vest to wear on the day.

To support Will 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 other fundraising events coming up near you for Blind Veterans UK, please visit our events callender.