Somerset blind veteran tackles London Marathon for military charity
1 April 2015 11:18
A blind veteran from Somerset will take on the London Marathon this April for Blind Veterans UK to thank the charity for its continuing support.
Alan Lock, 35 and from Clevedon, wants to give back to Blind Veterans UK for its continuing support and decided the best way to do that is by challenging himself whilst raising awareness and funds for the charity. Alan is aiming to complete the London Marathon in three hours and 15 minutes.
Alan joined the Royal Navy in 2002 and served on HMS Cornwall and HMS York. He trained as a marine engineering officer and later specialised in nuclear submarines. Alan left the Navy as a Lieutenant in 2005 after he was diagnosed with a hereditary disease which slowly caused him to lose his sight.
Alan says: "In 2004, I noticed my sight was getting worse and worse. I'd always been very active and enjoyed most sports but when all of a sudden I felt like I couldn't do these anymore, it was very frustrating."
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for ex-Service men and women with sight loss. Alan started to receive its support in 2005. The charity has helped Alan to adjust to life beyond sight loss, giving him the confidence to participate in physical activity again.
Alan says: "Hearing what other veterans with sight loss have achieved with support from Blind Veterans UK has spurred me on to take on challenges such as the London Marathon."
Alan was already an active person but with the support of Blind Veterans UK he managed to take on challenges like the 151-mile long Marathon des Sables and also became the first vision impaired person to row across the Atlantic.
Alan says: "As I've gone on to do more physical challenges, my confidence has continued to grow. This year I'm running my 7th London Marathon! Losing my sight was one of the worst things I could imagine happening to me but by completing these challenges, I'm proving to myself that I'm still able to do things I want and live a fulfilling life."
Alan is aiming to complete the London Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes with his sighted guide Craig Cartier, a friend and work colleague.
To sponsor Alan and Craig as they tackle the London Marathon, please visit www.justgiving.com/alanandcraig.
For more information on Blind Veterans UK, please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.