David Rush will be running the full marathon to raise funds for ShelterBox, who provide emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster.
David and his wife got to know ShelterBox over a couple of years, as they volunteered at the WOMAD festival. He says, "ShelterBox had a strong presence there with a tent, examples of their work around the world, great music and the best coffee on site! We chatted to them on several occasions and discovered what an efficient and effective organisation they are, often some of the first response teams at the scene of human disaster to provide shelter when displaced people require it most.
"In 2016 I decided to combine one of my bucket list activities with some fundraising, so I entered the London to Brighton cycle ride in support of ShelterBox. This saw me cycle the route with a ShelterBox on my back. It was a fantastic day out, the weather was glorious and I chatted to many cyclists on the route down to Brighton, some of whom thought I was a support paramedic due to the large green box on my back! Following a great reception by the spectators on arrival in Brighton I then had two hours chilling/refuelling on the beach, before riding (without the box!) back up to London in the afternoon to go back to my car.
"At the end of 2016 I was 50, so for my birthday celebrations we threw a party, a mini beer and cider festival, where strict instructions were passed out to family and friends not to buy me presents. Instead I suggested donations for ShelterBox, which was a fun way to raise £250 for a great charity.
"So I guess my entry into the Clarendon Marathon for 2017 is just another chance to raise money doing daft things. Really ShelterBox has become my ‘adopted’ charity”.
The photo shows David at the top of Dunkery Beacon before dropping down into Brighton.