Former UCLan Student Runs Marathon On Moor Park Dressed As American Footballer

Ben Read raised over £600 for a charity which helps disabled children play sport by doing the Virtual London Marathon around Moor Park.

The former UCLan student wanted to support A Smile For A Child, a charity which supports disabled children up and down the country by giving them the opportunity to enjoy sports using specialist equipment.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has hit the charity and they have recently appealed for more support to keep offering its services.

Ben ran a half marathon when doing the Great North Run but decided he wanted to take on the full 26.2 miles this year:

“So I ran the 2018 Great North Run in full American football kit which was hard but raised a lot of money for A Smile For A Child. With COVID-19, the charity has really been struggling and I wanted to think of something that would raise as much as possible so I decided to double the distance.”

He is a big supporter of the important work A Smile For A Child does and wanted to offer his support:

“I chose A Smile For A Child as they are a great small grant-giving charity who are all volunteers. They will do all they can to help children progress in sport and mobility. Being mentally disabled my self, I understand how much sport helps me and I want to try and get as many disabled children to enjoy and experience sport.”

Ben after completing his marathon

The full marathon was no easy feat for Ben but he was spurred on by the support from his friends:

“I’m an avid runner, I’ve been running since I was young and I am a member of Preston Harriers. It was so painful when I finished I threw my helmet off and just laid on the floor. I have great support from my friends, they brought me sweets midway and ran parts with me, it got me thought the last few miles which were tough.”

You can still donate to help Ben raise as much as possible for A Smile For A Child by clicking here.

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