Wiltshire Corporal to run three marathons in three days for military charity

23 May 2016 15:44

An Army Corporal from Salisbury is taking on the Atlantic Coast Challenge this October for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Martin Wilson, 37 and from Wilton, started tackling obstacle courses last year and it's fuelled his passion for running. Now he's looking to push his fitness by taking on a three day event, running a marathon each day, through the Atlantic Coast challenge.

Martin Wilson attempts Southampton Marathon

Martin says: "It's not enough for me to only do the Atlantic Coast Challenge, I also want to raise awareness and as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK. More people should know about their amazing support for ex-Service personnel suffering from sight loss."

Martin joined the Army in 1997 and became part of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. With the, Martin has served on several operational tours including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he's part of the UK Trade & Investment, Defence & Security Organisation, Export Support Team in Larkhill.

It's because of his Army connection and through Revision Military that he learned about Blind Veterans UK, as the charity has an official partnership with them. We have been partnered with Revision Military since 2015 and for two years they have been sponsoring the Project Gemini exchange program, which enables Blind Veterans UK and the Blinded Veterans Association to share experiences and knowledge about matters such as blind rehabilitation and readjustment training, vision research and adaptive technology for the blind.

Martin says: "My wife's granddad was supported by the charity but I never connected the dots on who they were and what they did until recently. I've seen first-hand the support they give to veterans who have lost their sight and it makes a world of difference.

"Any support that we can give them they greatly appreciate and I am planning to try my hardest at raising as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK as well as the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Benevolent Fund."

Martin has already started training for the Atlantic Coast Challenge, which he will be running with 15 kg backpack. An active man, Martin runs between 15 and 40 miles a week in addition to attending spinning classes, swimming regularly and running park runs or taking on obstacle courses during the weekend.

Martin says: "My first obstacle course race was last June and I got covered in mud from head to toe. I loved it. I've now done 23 obstacle course races including Rat Race Dirty Weekend recently.

"I think those events inspired to push myself a little harder and see if I can take on a trail run marathon distance for three days straight. It's going to be hard but it's for such a worthy charity I will give it my all."

The Atlantic Coast Challenge is a three day running event starting on Friday 7 October 2016 which takes participants along the Cornish coast. Runners start in Padstow and take on 78.6 miles over three days, which is the equivalent of a marathon distance each day, finishing in Land's End.