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Interview with "Blind" Dave Heeley

dave_heeleyWhat is your latest challenge?

My latest challenge is called Top2Toe. It sees me go from John O’Groats to Lands End in ten days. Each day sees me run a marathon and undertake a bike ride (on a tandem) of around 80 miles a day. The journey starts on 10th August – the very birthday in 1884 of the charities founder Douglas Macmillan. To celebrate their 10 decades in existence, I will complete the gruelling journey in just 10 days.

What is the inspiration for it?

It is a sponsored event with the aim of raising £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in their centenary year. On a personal level I lost both my father and father-in-law, and then lost my last guide dog to cancer. Very recently it’s terrible consequences hit home again when it claimed the life of a long time friend of over 35 years. I have also fancied going from John O’Groats to Lands End and to do it by marathon and bike across ten days is a first.

How does it compare to previous challenges?

I think this will be my toughest challenge yet. There will be less rest and recovery time doing this than there was doing the 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Different Continents.  The training is intense especially as I hadn’t cycled for over 30 years!

So are you confident you will be successful?

I am feeling good both mentally and physically. However, there are a lot of uncontrollable things that could stop me. It only takes one pothole or a trip so although positive I don’t know what will happen.

What can people do to support you?

They can sponsor me by donating money at the Independent Living Centre or online at www.justgiving.com/blinddavetop2toe . They can also follow me using a mobile phone app, on twitter, through a blog and the whole journey will be filmed.

Do you have anything else to add?
I hope that by doing challenges like these that it helps motivate others to push their own boundaries. I’d also like people to be aware that if each of us does a little bit we can make a big difference. Finally I’d like thank Ideal for All and everyone else who is supporting me with undertaking this challenge.

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