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Hornchurch manager to take on London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 January 2016

Mark Waters

Mark Waters

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Determined to challenge himself, a 42-year-old has pulled on his running shoes and got stuck into a training regime in preparation for the London Marathon.

Mark Waters, of Hornchurch, is ready to take on the 26.2 mile challenge in just three months time to support Blind Veterans UK.

He said: “I am a bit excited and nervous about the marathon because I haven’t done it before. I like doing things on an impulse so thought it would be a good idea.”

Mark took part in the London 2 Brighton run in 2012 for the same charity and managed to complete it in 25 hours.

Spurred on by his colleagues at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a desire to help the charity, Mark decided the London Marathon was the next step for him.

He said: “People at work are into their fitness and described running the marathon as fun – I’m not sure if that’s going to be the word that I will use!

“The charity stuck in my head after I did the London 2 Brighton walk a few years ago so it was my first choice this time around.

“We’ve been involved in so many wars and conflicts over the years with servicemen and women sacrificing a lot for their country so I wanted to show my support for them and everything they have done.”

Mark is looking forward to pushing himself to the limit as he runs through the capital on April 24 in the hope of completing the marathon

in under four hours.

He said: “I know it might be a bit ambitious to aim for sub four hours as it’s my first

time but I feel with my training and going out five times a week it should be possible.”

To support Mark as he takes on the London marathon for Blind Veterans UK visit virginmoneygiving.com/markdwaters.

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