Nick Shaw will complete his 11th event on Sunday (16 October) as part of his goal to run 18 distance races in 12 months to honour his late father, and fundraise for Sense. Nick, 46 from Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire chose Sense as their support for deafblind people was a poignant reminder of his father, Dennis Shaw who suffered with failing eyesight in his later years.
Sense - National Deafblind and Rubella Association is a national charity that works with and campaigns for people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs. They offered Nick a charity place in this year’s London Marathon, which he eagerly accepted. He originally planned to run the London Marathon after watching it with his father over a period of years. This year his dream came true as he completed the 2016 London Marathon in 3:46:22 two weeks after his participation in Sheffield Half Marathon.
The racing and fundraising did not stop there. Nick decided to extend this to include an additional 16 races, from 10K to half marathon distance, making it 18 in total for the year.
It's now 10 races down with another eight to go. One of these, the Thoresby 10K (23 October), he will run with his dog Dexter. The remaining events are Sheffield 10K, Leeds Abbey Dash, Mo Run Nottingham 10K, Benidorm Half Marathon, Edwinstowe 10K and the Bolsover 10K.
Nick said: “My father was registered blind in his final years and I am very aware of the impact sight loss had on his life and ours, which is why I chose to run for Sense. Hopefully, my efforts will make a difference to people who rely on their help.”