Oxford United in the Community trustee Stuart Bradney is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for the charity.
Stuart is donning his trainers to raise funds to support the work of United’s charity in the community. Oxford United in the Community is the football club’s official charity and helps inspire youngsters to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement and education. It delivers sports participation programmes, education for young people and other wellbeing services in Oxfordshire.
Stuart said: “Oxford United in the Community is a fantastic charity that is doing so much great work that is having a positive impact on the lives of many in our county. I’m proud to be a trustee of the charity and have seen first-hand not just the important work they do, but the funds required to deliver it.
“The benefits Oxford United in the Community delivers are huge and it’s a pleasure to be able to do something extra to help. Knowing any funds raised will help make a difference will give me extra motivation as I train and take part in the London Marathon. Hopefully this will also help raise awareness of the work the charity does and the difference it makes.”
Stuart, of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, a director at Carbon Funding Consultants, a property finance company, is currently upping his training. The experienced runner, who has run two marathons, hopes to beat the 4 hour mark on the big day.
“Training is tough at this time of year with the weather conditions, but it’s good preparation,” said Stuart. “I’m running up to a half-marathon now and will continue to up my miles as we head towards April 26th. The key for me is breaking the overall marathon down into small milestones to keep me focused and on track.”
Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “Stuart really is going above and beyond for the charity and we’re all so grateful. It’s a huge challenge to run the London Marathon and we’re fortunate that Stuart has selected Oxford United in the Community as his chosen charity. I am sure Oxford United fans and our charity support network will back Stuart and sponsor him with whatever they can afford. Every penny raised will support the work we do in the community.”