Romford working mum to tackle half marathon for Blind Veterans UK

1 May 2015 11:00

A woman from Romford has set herself the challenge of running 13 miles for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Becky Bowden, aged 34, will be tackling the Brighton Half Marathon for the first time on Sunday 22 February 2015. The stunning seafront route will take her along Brighton landmarks such as the West Pier, Peace statue, and Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre.

Becky works for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in Administration Support In addition to working full-time; she lives with her partner, Peter, between them they have five children aged between four and 10 years.

Becky's partner served in the Army from 1995 to 2004 where he was part of the Royal Tank Regiment, stationed in Kosovo, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of her family's military connections, Becky feels strongly about supporting military charities. She said "Not everyone is as lucky as my partner. There are those that come back injured or not at all. I feel we need to support our veterans as they fought for our safety and freedom.

"I like to get involved and feel like I'm doing something to help vision impaired ex-Service men and women. Therefore, I've decided to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK, so they can support even more veterans to live a life beyond sight loss."

Becky has been training hard for the Brighton Half marathon. As this is her first half marathon, she has been following a special program which helps her focus on her posture and pace. Despite her busy job and household, she makes time to run every other day so she feels confident about tackling the 13 miles in February. 

Becky said "I'm looking forward to the challenge and my family have been encouraging me to keep at the training. My partner brought me some new training clothes and my oldest daughter sometimes even runs with me!"

Blind Veterans UK still has guaranteed places available for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon in February 2015. Early bird sign ups can secure a discount on the registration fee, only paying £20 for a place. Runners are asked to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship to support veterans with severe sight loss. Runners who have secured a place through the ballot are also encouraged to run for Blind Veterans UK. All runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK running vest to wear on the day.

To sponsor Becky as she takes on the Brighton Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, please visit