Blind Dave completes every Great Run event in a year

By Carl Jackson | West Bromwich | News | Published:

The unstoppable 'Blind Dave Heeley' has completed every British Great Run event this year leaving just one more challenge left in his gruelling 2017 series - a 10k in Ethopia at 8,000ft.

The finish. Tweeted by @Great_Run

The big Baggies fan from West Bromwich breezed through the penultimate legs in Portsmouth and Southsea this weekend starting with a 5k event on Saturday before a 10 mile run on Sunday which he completed in one hour 17 minutes and 32 seconds.

Pictures of a jubilant Dave and his trusty team were posted on social media from the finish line in Portsmouth.

The Great Run tweeted: "Team @blinddaveheeley have done it! They’ve run every single @great_run event this year."

Dame Kelly Holmes was among those taking part yesterday.

It was the 24th event Dave has run this year covering more than 240 miles in total.

It started off in Edinburgh on January 7 and then gathered paced in the spring when Dave completed nine events in April and May alone.


But this month has been his busiest with yesterday's 10 miler marking his sixth run in October.

After a well-earned rest he will take on Ethiopia on Sunday, November 26 - two days after he turns 60.

Dave has raised more than £4,500 for The Albion Trust with his efforts so far.

Tweeted by @davidhart100


He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa aged 10 years and was completely blind by his 20s.

He is the first blind runner to complete the ultimate endurance challenge of seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

A 40-minute film about his life called 7 Days is being made by Pixel Revolution Films and is due out next year.

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson

Local Democracy Reporting Service


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