Andrew is taking on the London Marathon for Reach

In News by Sarah Cobb

Andrew Smith is taking Reach Learning Disability’s place in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 3rd October this year. Reach receives just one place every 5 years in this prestigious event.

Andrew grew up in Winthorpe village, next to Newark so is keen to support Reach, based in Nottinghamshire – Andrew’s home county. Money raised from Andrew’s epic challenge is being doubled, thanks to a generous pledger in support of our ‘At Home In My Community Appeal’.

Andrew previously took on the Newark Half Marathon for Reach in 2019. He’s now decided to push himself even further and is training hard to complete his hardest challenge to date – the iconic London Marathon, measuring 26.2 miles long. Not only that, he has set himself a goal a target of raising £2,000 in support of his efforts. Andrew now lives in Oswestry in Shropshire with his support team consisting of his much loved Labrador Travis who often accompanies him on his short training runs and his girlfriend Lyndsey who rides alongside Andrew during some of his longer runs, offering words of encouragement.

Andrew said ‘I was very excited and nervous at the same time when I was offered the marathon place. I have a big fundraising target to try and reach, but I will do my best and am really excited to be taking part in such a great event. The training is tough, but I think consistency is the key’.

Andrew has less time than normal to train and fundraise as our original runner can no longer take part, he has not let this phase him and we wish him the best of luck.

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