Meet our London Marathon runner

Posted 5 months ago in the Challenges category

Joe Struggles is set to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 to raise vital funds for Canine Partners. 

Joe Struggles is set to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 to raise vital funds for Canine Partners. 

The 27-year-old chose to bid on the charity’s spot in the prestigious marathon, which is taking place on Sunday 28 April 2019, after hearing stories of how the charity transforms the lives of people living with physical disabilities across the UK.

Of his incredible challenge, Joe said:

“The work Canine Partners does and stories I’ve heard about the amazing partnerships are admirable and inspiring, seeing how they can actually change and transform a life. From emotional and physical support dogs through to just having a pooch as a pet, I’ve witnessed how their companionship can affect the lives of all of us.”

Joe says he doesn’t have a goal in mind for the marathon, but people who have sponsored him expect he will break the four hour mark.

“I’d be happy to simply finish and focus on enjoying the day, but people have also asked me about running dressed as a dog!”

Joe, who lives between Farnborough in Hampshire and with his girlfriend in Amsterdam, has always wanted to run a marathon and has been inspired by his Dad and brother, who have run the London Marathon a few times between them. Joe said:

“I’ve been and watched various friends and family members take part but I’ve never been able to secure a spot. When I saw the email from Canine Partners saying that they were looking for applicants I thought I’d apply and I’m very grateful for the opportunity and couldn’t have gained a place for a better cause.”

Training involves gym sessions, running two or three times a week, swimming and climbing.

“I am looking to progress on my long run by one or two kilometres each week between now and April. Every run I go on at the moment is my longest ever, which is a nice feeling that gets me through the winter weather!”

Sponsor Joe

To sponsor Joe please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/joe-strugs

Take on a challenge

Could you take on a challenge to raise vital funds for Canine Partners? Please visit caninepartners.org.uk/challenges/ for inspiration.

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