Brian Hoadley from Crayford to run the London Marathon for Royal National Institute for Blind People

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 April 2018

Brian Hoadley is running for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Picture: Brian Hoadley

Brian Hoadley is running for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Picture: Brian Hoadley


Crayford resident Brian Hoadley is preparing for the toughest race of his life as he takes on the London Marathon to raise vital funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Brian, 37, was inspired to join Team RNIB for the iconic event to mark the end of his personal challenge from zero exercise to running a marathon in less than a year.

Brian, who lives with type one diabetes, set himself the goal to prove that diabetes should not be a barrier to fitness.

You can read about this journey on his blog at

Brian will be part of Team RNIB in what will be a very special year for the sight loss charity, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

He has been preparing for the marathon by training hard in all weathers. 6am on a Sunday morning has taken on a new meaning this year for Brian. Balancing insulin requirements with distance running takes practice, and has been a big part of the training for Brian.

He said: “Living day to day with type one diabetes can bring along many complications.

“The one I fear most is diabetic retinophy, an eye condition which can lead to blindness.

“I have several friends who have this condition and they are my inspiration to smash the marathon on April 22.

“The work RNIB do each day for people with sight loss is a cause worthy of everybody’s support.”

Lizzi Wagner, RNIB challenge events manager, said: “This year is the 150th anniversary of RNIB, so the London Marathon is extra special and we’re hoping to raise almost £300,000 to support our vital work.

“We’re delighted to have Bri on Team RNIB and can’t wait to cheer him all the way to the finish line.

“The money Brian raises will enable us to provide advice and support to even more people living with sight loss across the UK, so please dig deep and sponsor him to help reach his fundraising target.”

Brian hopes to cross the finish line in under 4 hours, and aims to raise £2500 for RNIB.

To date he has raised £1700 through the diabetes meetups and the generous support of the diabetes online community.

To help Brian reach his fundraising target and support RNIB, please donate at

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