Thirty-one-year-old Richard Sadler who was born and raised in Uckfield is gearing up to take part in the London Marathon.
He has lost five stone in weight this year, raised his first £800 for charity, and is ready to build up and test his fitness and endurance further.
Richard has gained a place in the London Marathon thanks to Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
He has committed to raising £1,800 for the organisation and hopes people will help him along the way by donating to his JustGiving page.
He told Uckfield News: “They are fantastic and have the same philosophy as me in life where no matter what someone’s ability, everyone should be given a fair chance, and look after and support everyone with disabilities, whether it’s a learning or physical disability.”
Richard said the last few years had been a real struggle with his weight but his inspiration behind shedding it was to give something back. “I’ve always wanted to do a challenge for charity but never had the confidence or fitness levels to do it until I lost weight this year.”
His nephew Joshua is autistic, suffers numerous other learning difficulties, and attends Northeast Manor School in Lewes and earlier this year Richard competed in Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest and raised £800 for the school which has been fantastic for him.
Now before the London Marathon Richard has a couple of other challenges, the Beachy Head 10k at the end of the month and the Brighton half-marathon in February.
He said: “The training will be increased in December, where I will be looking to run approximately 30 miles a week. I currently run alone and use it as my chill-out time to escape the world for a few hours.
Richard, who lives with his fiancee Kerry, a teacher at Fletching Primary School, is an account manager for Lewes firm HB Ingredients.
He is the steward supervisor for Brighton and Hove Albion in the North Stand at the Amex stadium and is also the founder of Uckfield Squawk, a satire Facebook group with more than 2,000 members.
Richard says he is excited and petrified at the same time at the thought of taking part in the London Marathon and will be grateful for any help people can give with his fund-raising.
His JustGiving page can be found here.