Amish Patel completed his first London Marathon last Sunday, raising money for national charity Sense, having been inspired by his mother, who is registered blind.
Patel, 34, from Croydon, a compliance analyst in finance, battled his way around the 26-mile 385-yard course from Blackheath to The Mall despite getting injured just one-third of the way into the race.
He finished in 5hr 42min.
“I injured myself at Mile 8, but the support from Sense and the adrenaline was immense and got me through it,” Patel said.
Patel chose to run for Sense since it is a charty that helps support people such as his mother, who lost her sight in her left eye when jus a year-old, and now has glaucoma in her right eye, as a result of which she has poor vision.
Her son’s hard running efforts managed to raise more than £900 for the cause.
Richard Kramer, Chief Executive at Sense, said: “Running the marathon is an incredible personal achievement, but by choosing to support Sense, Amish will also help to improve the lives of people with complex disabilities. On behalf of everyone connected to Sense, congratulations.”
You can still donate to Amish Patel at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmishPatel7
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