Darren Cossey from Rochford, 38, who is a wheelchair user, is taking part in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on behalf of national disability charity Livability. Darren is one of five wheelchair users who will race at the rear of the mass field in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on 22nd April with thousands of non-disabled runners.
Darren’s challenge will help raise much-needed funds to support disabled people in the UK. Darren became disabled after a motorcycle accident in August 1995 and he has since taken part in various charity fundraising initiatives.
Darren said, ‘’ I decided to take part in the marathon because I wanted to show that being disabled doesn’t mean that you can’t challenge yourself and achieve great things. I also wanted to fundraise for Livability as it is a great charity that supports disabled people. I really wanted to help others who are less fortunate and able than I am’’.
Darren works for Olympus in Southend and his colleagues are very supportive of his challenge.
Anyone wanting to support Darren can go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/darrencossey
Darren’s training is going well but he realises how tough the challenge he has set himself is: since starting his training he already has used up and torn two pairs of leather gloves while powering his wheelchair and he has had to deal with frequent punctures in his wheels when racing which require him to often stop and start his efforts.
The Virgin London Marathon will take place on Sunday 22 April 2012. The marathon is one of the largest annual fundraising events in the world. Runners have raised over £500 million for good causes since the race began in 1981.