Sense International Director running the London Marathon
23 April 2015
James Thornberry is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run the London Marathon on Sunday and raise money for children and adults who are both deaf and blind. 52-year-old James was inspired to run for Sense International as he is the Director of the charity that supports people with sensory impairments in developing countries.
“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon - I think everyone should do it once. I’m really looking forward to it, and while it will be a real challenge I know first-hand how the children we support in some of the poorest parts of the world will benefit from the money raised.”
James is a keen cyclist and has been training hard to prepare for his first gruelling 26-mile race. He is hoping that, having crossed the marathon off his list, his next challenge for the charity will be a triathlon.
“I’m not aiming for a specific time, I’ll be happy with crossing the finish line without having walked a single mile. Hopefully, I won’t be too far behind from the rest Sense International runners, some of whom I hear are marathon veterans!”
James took up the role of Director of Sense International in 2011 after having worked in international development organisations for over 20 years. He is a registered general nurse and his passion for inclusion and diversity is a result of having lived in several continents.
James Thornberry is planning to raise £2,000 for Sense International, to sponsor him please go to his JustGiving page or text SIJT60, £X amount, to 70070.
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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019