On 28th September 2014 James Blaydon, one of our Founding Partners, is taking on the 41st BMW Berlin Marathon. The Berlin marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. In 2008 alone the race had 40,827 enrolled starters from 107 countries, 35,913 official finishers and more than one million spectators. Along with five other races, it forms the World Marathon Majors, a series offering a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners.
Those of you that know James will know that he is fairly serious about his running, now that his competitive football days are behind him. James ran his first marathon last year in his hometown of Brighton in 3 hours and 28 minutes and is looking to significantly improve on that this year. As well as personal achievement and targets, James will also be raising money for ‘Get Kids Going’. Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also helps to provide manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. They believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going! They support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. They take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so their supporters’ valuable donations are never wasted. Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. No other charity in Britain focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way. You can read more here: www.getkidsgoing.com.
James has set up a fund-raising page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/blaydondoesberlin if you would like to make a donation and we will keep you posted with training updates and obviously the post-race analysis!
Very best of luck, James from all of us at Lorus Consulting!