Kate Wilson is preparing to tackle the Bupa Great North Run in memory of her grandfather, a blind veteran who passed away last January, and will do so in aid of the military charity who supported him. The 28-year-old from Conwy will take part in the race on 7 September 2014 to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for visually impaired ex-service men and women.
Kate’s grandfather, Cyril Wilson, joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 as a Sergeant pilot and trained to fly in Canada from 1942 onwards. In 1944 he joined 13 Squadron and spent the rest of World War Two in Italy.
After his time in service, Cyril lost his sight as a result of age related macular degeneration. In 2008 he became a member of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity that supports blind veterans. To prepare for the event, Kate has joined a club, Denbigh Harriers, and has been consistently training three times per week, with a longer run at the weekend.
On choosing the half marathon, Kate revealed: “Every year I would say I would run the Great North Run when it finished in my granddad’s hometown, South Shields, but I never did. When he passed away last January I decided this was the year I would actually run those 13 miles in his memory.”
Blind Veterans UK still has guaranteed places available for the Great North Run, taking place on 7 September 2014. In return, Blind Veterans UK asks you to pay a registration fee of £30 and pledge to raise £300 in sponsorship. You can make a donation to Kate here.