Story

What, you may ask, is a ‘Marathon Sandwich’? Well, the idea was sparked by a discussion between Simon Wheatcroft, who is a blind runner and local charity the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB). Simon is taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon in May for SRSB, but he has decided to add on a few more miles after the event has finished! The ‘Marathon Sandwich’ will involve him running a total of 52.4 miles which is the same distance as a half, a full and another half marathon - the halves are the bread and the full is the filling!

You may be thinking that this is a huge challenge, but it is merely training for Simon who is an ultramarathoner!

He is running with his guide runner Charlie and they are also being joined by another Simon (Simon Walker who is also an ultramarathon runner!) and several other supporters who are running varying distances from 20 miles to 1.3 mile lap of the park.

They are all doing the event to raise awareness about visual impairment and to raise funds for SRSB, and we are inviting members of the public to run (or walk) a lap or more with them in Endcliffe Park in the afternoon of Sunday 27th May from 12 – 5pm. There will be stalls and games outside Endcliffe Park Cafe, so come and join us for a fun day out.

Ashley Charlesworth, who runs Endcliffe Park Café is supporting the event and the cafe will be offering "NUFF chicken soup" on the day, (with more than enough chicken in) all proceeds to go to SRSB. This is the soup that Simon requested to help see him through his challenge. Also, local company Roses Bakers are planning to produce a special marathon sandwich to sell in the run up to the event with a percentage of sales going to SRSB.

Simon was first registered blind when he was 17 and he lost his vision through a genetic disorder, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which affects his peripheral vision, central vision, colour definition, light perception, causing night blindness and eventually total blindness. He has been determined to challenge himself and believes that his confidence has been improved by his running achievements. Simon says, “I wanted to push myself mentally and physically and thought that ultra distance would suit that nicely.

“While I never set out with the initial thought of inspiring others, as time has passed I have been contacted by a number of blind people who found my story inspirational. I hope now I can continue to inspire others to adapt and achieve any goal they believe they can.”

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Updates 1

Simon Wheatcroft unfortunately had to pull out after 15 miles as he was unwell, but Simon Walker managed to complete the full distance of 52.4 miles!! Charlie ran 28 miles and Annemarie ran 8 miles! Well done guys - you were all amazing! There is still time to donate - thank you.

31/05/12 11:11

Raising money for

The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind

The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind

Charity Registration No. 1047257

Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) provides opportunity, support, friendship and services to blind and partially sighted people of all ages in Sheffield, helping them to achieve whatever they wish to do and whatever they aspire to be.

Donations 22

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Donation by Syntellia, Inc on 22/06/12

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Awesome job Simon Walker! Great effort!

Donation by Jonathan Bearn on 30/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Jill Thompson on 28/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Hope you have fun! And remember to keep smiling :0)

Donation by Dawn on 26/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by steve on 22/05/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck!

Donation by Lisa Walker on 22/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Words cannot describe your bravery in your running - you are a great inspiration to everyone

Donation by Keith & Val Grimshaw,( Hayleys parents ) on 16/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hope you are not slowed down when Annemarie runs beside you!

Donation by NJ on 14/05/12

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Best of luck to you, Simon. Thank you for all you do to encourage and inspire me and so many other blind athletes!!!

Donation by Tai Blas on 13/05/12

£20.00

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To Simon, good luck, hope you'll enjoy your run, I'm amazed anyone could even run for 100 miles. Annemarie, good luck and enjoy your part of the run!

Donation by Tamara Francis on 08/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck Simon - for Annemarie (for your part of the run!)

Donation by Eamonn & Alyson on 07/05/12

£30.00

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Good luck fellas, Simon Walker and the others, hope the sandwich tastes as good at the end...

Donation by Paul Catterall on 04/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Write your personalised message here Good luck to both Simon's in the sandwich

Donation by Julie Battle on 04/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck!!

Donation by Anne Greaves on 04/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck!

Donation by Ruby Smith on 04/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck with the sandwich, I'm sure you'll demolish it! very proud of you matey! Shalene & Mark

Donation by Shalene Bates on 22/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Go get em!

Donation by Andy Welland on 20/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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hi simon only met you a couple of times at SRSB but you inspired me to do my bit.

Donation by hayley martin on 16/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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You are such an inspiration to us all and I am so proud to call you my son in law. xx

Donation by Susan Gibson on 10/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Simon.

Donation by Steve Hambleton on 10/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Wishing you all the best Simon for your Marathon Sandwich, raising money for such a good cause.

Donation by Alison Baxter on 09/04/12

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 08/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£375.00
  • Offline donations£607.84
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£982.84
  • Gift Aid£56.25

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