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Join RAF Warrant Officer for the last leg of his 1434 mile run

Gareth PrytherchAn RAF Warrant Officer, who has set himself the challenge of running 1434 miles in less than ten months, is inviting supporters to join him for the final leg of his journey in Llandudno, North Wales. The funds raised will be going to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Gareth Prytherch, originally from Llandudno, set himself a New Year’s challenge of running 1434 miles to raise funds for and awareness of the national charity, which provides free lifelong support to vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. He arrived at the number as it is the total distance between the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in his hometown of Llandudno and Naples, his current posting base.

Gareth explains: “It’s really all about raising as much money and awareness as possible for this fantastic and worthwhile charity.

“They strongly believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone, something I am passionate about as well. It’d be absolutely fantastic if as many people as possible could join me for the last leg in September, anything we can do to promote the amazing work the organisation does in helping veterans adjust to sight loss will be well worth it.”

Gareth is hoping to have completed the challenge by September 17, meaning he’ll have covered an average of 5.4 miles per day. To celebrate this incredible achievement, he’s inviting supporters and willing participants to join him for the last three miles of his journey, which will take place between the Llandudno Cenotaph and the charity’s Llandudno centre. There will be an additional one and a half mile run taking place for participants wishing to still take part for a smaller distance.

To enter The Last Leg of Gareth’s Long Jog Home, you can register for £5 with a minimum sponsorship pledge of £15. Alternatively you can pay £10 to register on the day. Sign-in for both races will begin at 10:00am on Saturday 17 September, with the three mile run starting at 10:30am and the one and a half mile run participants joining in half way through at approximately 10:45am.

For more information please contact Victoria Beech on Victoria.beech@blindveterans.org.uk or 01492 864574. You can also visit: blindveterans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events-calendar/the-last-leg-the-long-jog-home/ and http://bit.ly/2sxLMJn.

To donate money to Gareth as he takes on The Long Jog Home, please visit: justgiving.com/Gareth-Prytherch1.

Visit blindveterans.org.uk/support to learn more about the charity and how you can support its vital work today.

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For all media enquiries please contact: Felix Arbenz-Caines, PR Assistant, Blind Veterans UK, 12 – 14 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HD, E: felix.arbenz-caines@blindveterans.org.uk, T: 020 7616 7941

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Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. Founded in 1915, the charity provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.

Find out more at: blindveterans.org.uk, follow us on Facebook at: facebook.com/blindveteransuk and on Twitter at: twitter.com/blindveterans.

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