An ophthalmologist at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) will be one of thousands of runners hitting the streets of London later this month to complete the 26.2-mile marathon.

Ben Blacklock in training for the London Marathon.

Ben Blacklock will join friend Oriol Obradors Barat, an equine vet at a local practice, in a bid to raise more than £3,000 for the AHT.

Mr Blacklock said: “I’ve worked for the AHT since 2011, so have witnessed first-hand all the great work the charity does. It’s been really challenging to find time to train – especially as I am running with a friend who is also a vet, but the AHT is a cause we both feel very strongly about.

“It will be an amazing accomplishment not only to run in the London Marathon, but to know we’re raising money to help improve the health and welfare of so many animals through the important work and research the AHT does for veterinary medicine.

“For me, this is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge and I’m looking forward to representing the AHT in the London Marathon.

“We’ve still got a long way to go with the fund-raising; however, we’re nearly a third of the way there. If anyone would be kind enough to sponsor us, there are donation boxes all around the AHT or you can find our online Virgin Money Giving page by searching for Ben Blacklock on the Virgin Money Giving website.”

To find out more about the AHT’s marathon runners, visit Ben’s Virgin Money Giving page

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