Marathon runner beats injury to raise money for disability charity
13 October 2017
A multiple marathon runner who beat injury at the Bournemouth Marathon to raise vital funds for a disability charity is vowing to ‘keep going whatever happens’ to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Grant Savides, 41, was carrying a foot injury but battled through the pain to cross the line in Bournemouth on Sunday, determined to continue a series of charity runs culminating in the London Marathon 2018.
Grant, who has already completed races in Bath and Bristol, acknowledged that this time his emotions got the better of him when he finished the race.
‘It was really emotional. I was crying when I stepped over the line.
‘At times you feel like you can’t finish but when you cross the line you realise why you are doing this, who you are supporting.
‘Everyone deserves a chance in life, and Leonard Cheshire helps disabled people get the chance to live their lives to the full.’
Grant grew up in South Africa but now lives in Wiltshire with his wife, Melanie, and his eight year-old son, Noah, who he says have been a huge encouragement in his fundraising efforts.
‘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 to keep going is not hard.’
Grant is only part of the way to his fundraising target, but small acts of kindness are boosting his total. Bath Rugby Club donated a signed training shirt for auction.
A keen sportsman, Grant hopes other major teams, and his own local cricket club, will help raise further funds next year for disabled adults.
To donate visit Grant's JustGiving page.
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