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Daniel Evans

dan the man challenge

Fundraising for Guide Dogs

95 %
raised of £4,000 target
by 116 supporters
  • Team members: Jonathan Garratt
  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2016, 24 Apr 2016

Guide Dogs

We breed and train guide dogs to give blind people freedom and mobility

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 209617 and Scotland SC038979


Hi and thanks for taking the time to read my fund raising page  

I  am visually impaired and going to be 30 when I do the marathon in April.

This is going to be my second London marathon and probably my last. The first time I did it I was 26 stone in weight and didn't do a lot of long training and it took me 9h 15mins to get around and nearly gave up at 16 miles and managed to complete it and at the end I told my dad I wouldn't do this again what a rubbish liar I am.  

This time I am 18 stone and hoping to do it under 6h.

The reason why I put myself through this pain so I can keep the weight off as the condition I have effects my weight and the way I keep it off is to do a lot of training so having something to aim for like the marathon keeps me motivated.

When I did the London marathon before I walked all the way round I have done 2 more marathons since   but this time I am hoping to run and  walk around the course with the help of my guide Jonathan, without him I wouldn't be able to do it.

You ask how I am going to train for this.

I have a personal trainer who is visually  impaired and has a guide dog and he enjoys putting me through the pain especially   in the gym on the free weights.  I am going to use the treadmill a lot and will be doing a lot of miles on it over next few months.  I am also part of a disable swimming club and swim for 2 hours a week and to tell you the truth I am not a very good swimmer but I give it a go and the coach  likes putting me through the pain as well but I love the challenge.  I also train in an able body athletics club with other disable people and I do shot put..  You are probably wondering if I have time to do anything else well I do sometimes. So with all of this exercise I am doing  I am hoping to be a lot fitter to get around the course this time 

Why am I doing this for guide dogs.

As I am visually impaired I wanted to choose a charity that supported visually impaired people.  Also in September my partner Anna was accepted for a guide dog called Emily and she has really changed her life and has made her more independent and with out Emily I don't think she would get out much or she would walk into into a lot of things. Also as I have said my personal trainer has a dog and so does my massage person so it was a no brainer.

With out the money raised guide dogs would not be able to help people like Anna or my friends to get out and be independent and support them to feed the dogs and help them with there vets bill.

Well that's it from dan the man and if you are still here and inspired by my story please donate as much as you can as I would be so grateful.    

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  • me and emily the guide dog