A veteran from Sheffield is preparing to walk 100km and run four half marathons to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK.
David Seddon, aged 56, will take on the 100K Yorkshire planned alongside four half marathons this year, all to make as much money as possible for the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
He said: “As a veteran myself I’m always on the lookout for new military charities to support. I found Blind Veterans UK and was instantly taken by the cause.”
David was in the Royal Corps of Transport, serving across the UK at both Catterick and Regents Park, as well as in Minden, Germany.
He served from 1980 until 1987 and said that if he could do it all over again, he would.
He said: “Civilian Street has not been an easy journey for me. I have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with a number of mental health illnesses.
“This is why I do what I do. Whether it’s running 13.1 miles or walking 100km, for me it’s just so important to raise money for those less fortunate than myself.
“We have a comradery that civilians would just not understand. From your first day of basic training you learn that the person stood next to you could one day very well sacrifice their own life to save yours.
“You never forget that and you remain ‘Brothers in arms’ long after you discharge.
“If I could reenlist I would do so yesterday.”
David will be taking on the Sheffield half marathon on April 8, followed by the Leeds half marathon on May 13, the 100k Yorkshire from 23 to 24 June which starts and finishes in Nidderdale, the Rutland half marathon on September 16 and finally the Manchester half marathon on October 14.
To prepare for these challenges, David has devided an intense training schedule.
He said: “I’ve invested in proper gym-grade equipment, partly because of my anxiety, which makes it difficult for me to leave the house.
“Every day is something different. Thursday is rowing machine and treadmill day – not for the faint hearted.”
Registration for all the running challenges that David is taking part in are now open.
To support David as he prepares to take on his five challenges, please visit www.justgiving.com/d-seddon1.
To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k, visit blindveterans.org.uk/100k.
To sign up for the Sheffield and Leeds half marathons, visit www.runforall.com.
To sign up for the Manchester half marathon, visit www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com.
To sign up for the Rutland half marathon, please visit www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk