Surrey Navy reservist to run London Marathon for military charity

12 February 2016 10:51

A Navy reservist from Surrey will be running the London Marathon this April for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Dan Dutfield, 38 and from Woking, will be running his first marathon for charity after being inspired by seeing blind veterans running the Great South Run in which he participated.

Dan says: "The Blind Veterans UK contingent at the Great South Run last year was amazing. They have limited vision yet still ran 10 miles with their guides."

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity's initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

Dan is currently serving in the Royal Naval Reserves in the Logistics branch as a Leader on HMS President. He needs to stay fit and uses running as his way to do it.

Dan previously completed the Great South Run in one hour 55 minutes and is training four times a week to keep on target for completing the London Marathon in less than four hours

Dan says: "I enjoy running, it's incredibly therapeutic to run and lift the stress of life. However, it has really hit home that I'll have to run four hours straight for the London Marathon!"

To support Dan as he runs the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, please visit