Marathon effort for disability charity

5 October 2017

Grant SavidesA marathon runner will line up in the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 8 October, continuing his impressive efforts to run multiple marathons in aid of Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Grant Savides, 41, is clocking up the miles with two half-marathons already completed in preparation for the Bournemouth and London marathons.

A Cypriot citizen born and raised and South Africa, Grant now lives in Wiltshire with his wife, Melanie, and his eight-year-old son, Noah.

Grant said:

‘Leonard Cheshire Disability was always going to be my first choice.

‘Running for a cause has made me a better and more focused individual, and has brought my family closer together.

‘My son thinks I’m his hero for doing this and his help with the fundraising is something I will cherish forever.  So finding motivation was not hard.’

Grant will be taking on his first full marathon, setting off from King’s Park and completing the coastal route around Bournemouth and Poole. Currently training five days a week and running up to 20km, Grant says his early life in South Africa proved to be a huge influence on his charity work.

‘I was raised in a country that was rich in diversity and until about 20 years ago looked down on people who were considered different. Leonard Cheshire says disabled people should have the opportunity to participate fully in society, and live the lives the way they choose. This is why the charity is so dear to me.”

A keen cricketer and hockey player, Grant plans to carry on raising money after the marathons and says he would love to do an ‘ultra-event’ such as a triathlon or a 100km run.

To donate visit Grant's JustGiving page.

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