Welling army officer to use London Marathon as his warm up for bigger fundraising event
PUBLISHED: 12:20 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 31 March 2017
Tony Richardson MBE is tackling Ironman UK in July
An army warrant officer from Welling, has signed up to run the London Marathon, as his warm-up to prepare him for a bigger task this summer.
Tony Richardson, 38, of Huxley Road, plans to join 50,000 other runners on the streets of London on April 23, in a bid to prepare for the gruelling Ironman UK in July.
Ironman is a trio of back-to-back events - a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then straight into a full 26.2 mile marathon.
To prepare, Mr Richardson is taking part in not only the London Marathon, but also three other marathons, four half marathons, and four triathlons between now and July.
Mr Richardson, who was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to sport, fitness and charity, is doing this fundraiding feat in memory of Kaine May, who died in a road crash in July 2011. Mr May was just 14 when he was hit by a car whilst walking, with a friend to a local fun-fair.
“Kaine was an outstanding yong man and a very talented sportsman. His whole family have been left in limbo after his tragic death. This year Kaine would turn 21 and having promised to always keep Kaine’s memory alive forever, I’m doing just that - by raising money in his memory for his charity Brake,” said Mr Richardson.
Lisa Kendall, Brake’s community fundraising manager, said: “We greatly appreciate support from volunteers like Tony and we wouldn’t be able to continue our life-saving work without their help. Every penny raised will be put towards our work supporting families whose lives have been devastated by a road death or injury.”
To show your support for Tony, visit his Justgiving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/Tony-Richardson11
If you would like to fundraise for Brake either in memory of a loved one or because you feel passionate about road safety, call Lisa on 01484683294, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.brake.org.uk/fundraise