‘Blind Dave’ completes gruelling 40-mile challenge

‘BLIND Dave’ Heeley completed both the full and half marathon at the Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday as part of his Great Run Series challenge in aid of The Albion Foundation.

Running all of the Great Runs in 2017, Dave was faced with the unenviable task of pounding 40 miles of pavement due to both the half and full marathon being held on the same day.

20,000 runners flocked to the endurance challenge, the first marathon to be held in the second city for 32 years.

The feel-good atmosphere around the area helped to carry Dave and his team across the finish line.

"It's been brilliant," said Dave.

"The city of Birmingham's come alive, they've been so supportive.

"There's been whistles, shouts, we've stopped for photos and the camaraderie between the runners is incredible."

An ambassador of Albion's charity partner, The Foundation is held close to Dave's heart.

"The reason I'm doing it is for The Albion Foundation and the kids, they deserve everything we can give to them."

Speaking after running for 40 miles, Dave expressed the importance of 'Team Blind Dave'.

"It was a tiring run, it was hard on the legs, it was hard on the mind, but I've had a great team around me, as usual."

Three runs remain for Dave, who will complete his Great Run Series in Ethiopia on Saturday, November 26.

There is still time to donate to Dave's charity challenge in aid of The Albion Foundation. To do so, click here.

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