Marathon man trains for disability charities
Committed marathon runner, Tom Dixon, 36, is running in the 26.6 mile race and raising all important funds for disability charities Mobility Choice and Scope.
Mr Dixon competed in his first London Marathon in 2000, aged 20.
At the time he was raising money for breast cancer research following the death of his grandmother from the disease.
The Dublin and Edinburgh Marathons followed in 2002 and 2003 before Mr Dixon headed to New York in 2008.
He said: “Running the New York Marathon was an incredible experience – I loved the atmosphere and culture and I met some amazing people. It was also a great way to see the city!”
Since then, Mr Dixon has completed the 2010 London Marathon as well as a couple of Ultra Marathons with a distance of more than 50kms.
In 2008, Mr Dixon began using marathons to fund raise for disability charities.
He was inspired to do so by his aunt, previously a director of Scope in Wales.
Mr Dixon added: “Before she retired, my aunt was a tireless campaigner who worked in Europe and the UK promoting disability rights. At the age of 33, she had a stroke which left her with impaired movement down her right side. She has been an inspiration to me in many ways and I wanted to work with likeminded people. I have been raising funds for Scope since joining the charity. It’s an incredible cause – changing society’s attitudes towards disabled people makes a huge difference.”
In 2013, Mr Dixon joined Mobility Choice as a trustee.
He added: “The Mobility Roadshow is a fantastic event giving people with disabilities the opportunity to try accessible equipment, test drive adapted vehicles and enhance their own independence and mobility requirements. I’d love as many people as possible to continue to benefit from this annual event. That’s why I’d like to raise as much money as possible when I run the London Marathon in April.”
Mr Dixon has trained hard across the winter months with the Chiltern Harriers, competing in club cross country competitions and testing his limits.
He is aiming for a personal best time of just under three hours in the London Marathon and hoping he can inspire people to support him with donations to Mobility Choice and Scope.
To sponsor Mr Dixon visit www.justgiving.com/ Thomas-Dixon8.
the Eton and Windsor half marathon on Saturday March 19 in a time of one hour, 50 minutes and 41 seconds.
Duncan Smith has been raising cash for the South Bucks Hospice as well as the Chairman’s Charity and has raised £1,600 towards his £2,000 target.
Mr Smith’s time placed him second in the race in the over 55 age group.
Mr Smith has been detailing
his training each week on www.getbucks. co.uk and his final entry, about the race itself, is online now.
He said: “So will I carry on? Well I do feel fitter and it would be a huge pity to give up. I’ll probably do a few fun runs like the Gerrards Cross 5k in May, but I doubt I will do a full marathon as that would hurt even more than the half one. ”
To read the full entry, go to www. getbucks.co.uk. To donate, go to www. justgiving.com/cllrduncansmith.