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Sponsor Chris, running the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for the British Dyslexia Association

Monday 18 May 2020

Each year more than 40,000 people raise millions of pounds for charities by taking part in the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon, which is celebrating its 40th year in 2020.

Among these tens of thousands of dedicated runners are true heroes who put themselves to the test, all in the name of charity. At the British Dyslexia Association, we’re honoured that some of these heroes choose to run for us, to raise both important funds, as well as awareness.

This year, one of our heroes is Chris Houghton.

Chris’ story starts 12 months ago when after numerous blood tests, scans and a biopsy, a consultant delivered the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with localised prostate cancer. As would be expected, the news was a blow to Chris and his family, but he was determined to keep things as normal as possible, where possible.

Having taken up running three-years prior and being a member of his local running club, he decided to embark on a challenge to prove that the ‘Big C’ wasn’t going to beat him.

In 2019, he ran the Brighton Marathon and three half marathons, including the Great North Run. Later that year, he underwent his Brachytherapy treatment, which he is now recovering from. He is mindful that his body is still not in perfect condition as it is recovering from the cancer and effects of the Brachytherapy, but he is on his way to a full recovery.

This year, Chris decided to run the Virgin Money London Marathon, conscious that there many charities and associations that do vital work, but perhaps don’t have the exposure as others. Passionate about the work that the British Dyslexia Association does, he was decided to run for our cause. With ten to 15 percent of people dyslexic, it resonated with him, especially as his nephew also has been diagnosed with dyslexia.

We are so privileged that Chris has decided to run for us, and it offers inspiration to everybody that may think they can’t set themselves a challenge, however daunting it may seem.