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Runner swaps shoes for wheels

29th June 2015

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A well-known runner has received support from Watson Buckle as he prepares to take on a gruelling challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Former Royal Marine and veteran long distance runner, Sam Boatwright, will take on the mammoth challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the well-established military charity that supports injured servicemen and their families.

To help the 32-year-old along the 900-mile route, Watson Buckle has donated £500 from their charity foundation to Sam, which will go towards funding important equipment.

“Watson Buckle’s donation of £500 has meant that the entire project can get off the ground and meant that I can raise the money for Help for Heroes,” said Sam Boatwright. “Without them I would still be waiting to get the whole thing going.”

Sam is no stranger to difficult challenges, having already completed a 2,500 mile run around the UK three years ago. During this epic run he ran in excess of 50 miles a day for 50 days and raised more than £16,000 for Help for Heroes.

Ian Gill, Director at Watson Buckle, said: “We are really proud to be supporting Sam on his latest charity challenge. Help for Heroes is a wonderful charity and we hope that Sam is able to complete the ride with our support and raise a lot of money to help injured servicemen and their relatives.

“We created the Watson Buckle Foundation to encourage people to get involved in sports; enabling them to live active and healthy lives and we are glad to see that it is continuing to help individuals achieve their sporting ambitions.”

Photo: Ian Gill, Director at Watson Buckle, hands over the donation to Sam Boatwright as he trains for his Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge.