[AI] Blind Athlete For London Marathon

shahnaz shycurrim at yahoo.co.in
Sun Apr 13 04:46:43 EDT 2008

BBC NEWS | UK | Thousands running London Marathon
Thousands running London Marathon

Some 35,000 runners are taking to the streets hoping
to cross the finish line at the London Marathon.

The 26-mile course runs from Greenwich and Blackheath
in south east London to Buckingham Palace.

The forecast is for fine and warm weather, "perfect"
for a marathon, with showers increasingly likely the
longer people take to get round.

Buster Martin, aged 101 and father of 17, is hoping to
become the oldest person to complete the race.

Dave Heeley, a blind runner from West Bromwich, is
aiming to make London his seventh marathon, as part of
the Seven Magnificent Marathons challenge run
across seven continents in as many days.

He has completed marathons in the Falklands, Rio de
Janeiro, Los Angeles, Sydney, Dubai and Tunisia and
told the BBC about the difficulties in running
with jet lag.

He said: "The trouble is, your body clock's all over
the place and although you are tired and you want to
sleep, your body's sort of saying 'hey, you're
normally awake at this time, come on, get up', so it's
certainly been an experience."

Celebrity runners

The daughter and husband of multiple marathon runner
Jane Tomlinson, are running together.

Mrs Tomlinson, from Yorkshire, died in September after
a seven-year battle with cancer during which she
performed many feats of endurance and raised millions
for charity.

Her daughter Rebecca, 20, and husband Mike, 46, are
running for Jane's Appeal, the charity she set up.

The professional athletes are starting the race in
Blackheath, while most of the runners leave from
Greenwich Park.

Paula Radcliffe, who has won the race three times and
is the world marathon record-holder, has been forced
to withdraw because of a toe injury.

Among the runners are a man in a giant robot outfit
and six Maasai warriors.

The celebrity runners include chefs Gordon Ramsay and
Michel Roux, Liberal Democrat mayoral hopeful Brian
Paddick, and Big Brother 2002 winner Kate Lawler
who is running for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust wearing
underwear designed by Ann Summers.

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Published: 2008/04/13 08:04:11 GMT


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