David's London Marathon Story

Hi, my name’s David.

I’m running the London Marathon 2019 for the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC). Wow, it sounds very official when written down!

As a relatively new father, I started running in March 2018 as a way to inspire my son, who is fast approaching 2 years old. I look at him every day and am just so privileged and grateful that he’s in good health and not had to face some of life’s hardships.

Childhood is such a precious time where you witness the world in all its glory, and as a parent you get to witness true magic on a daily basis (although it may not always feel like that!). No child or parent should be robbed of this, in any way shape or form.

As we all know, life’s not always that kind, and so many children suffer from sight loss or impairment.

Can you imagine not being able to see? Not being able to see your parents smile, a sunset, even just your own front door? And how about losing your sight, or partially losing it having had it? I honestly think it’s beyond description for anyone who hasn’t experienced it and my words would never do it justice.

I’m the first to admit I’ve taken my sight for granted, as I suspect most of us do.

I was so shocked when I realised the struggle blind and partially sighted children and their families endure on a daily basis – it’s heart breaking.

But with the RSBC we can make a real difference to so many children’s lives. It’s exactly this that has inspired me to take on my greatest physical challenge – one of the world’s biggest marathons!

Just 6 months ago I was sitting on the couch while my son played and thought that I’m not going to be able to keep up with him soon…so I went for a run, with no concept of where it would take me.

That run soon turned into a 5K run, then a 5-mile run, and then a 10K run. Personal bests fell like dominos. I’m no athlete and had never really run much before, but all the challenges I set for myself were met, new routes were planned, and before long I was running for 10 miles.

I became truly inspired, asking myself ‘what am I truly capable of?’ It was this question that made me run my first 10K race in London over the summer, then my first half-marathon a couple of weeks ago for the RSBC.

My son can now look up at me and say ‘my Dad did that’ -,what could be more inspiring?

Follow my story here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/davebetts


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