Marathon man trains for dis­abil­ity char­i­ties

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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.

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