With the London Marathon’s starting point being on the doorstep of The Valley in Blackheath, there is always a healthy contingent of Addicks taking part and this year is no exception.
One notable participant in this Sunday’s 26.2-mile slog is Nigel Leonard who is running for Alzheimer’s Society and has lost more than an incredible five stone over the past two years in preparation for the event.
“I am not and never have been a runner so this is quite a journey for me,” he explained.
“I have been a fan of the club for many years and I am delighted that the first half of the marathon course is around the local area and we virtually run past the ground.
“My daughter got me into this and although initially reluctant, I am now pleased as it has really changed my life, if not saved it. I can recommend getting off the couch and getting active as it really helps how you feel physically and mentally. And If I can do it, honestly, anyone can!”
Nigel works for the NHS in Essex and the Alzheimer’s cause is one close to his heart.
“In addition to family members having suffered, the mental health trust I work for provides services for people with dementia,” he said.
“It is really awful disease for the individual and their families and friends to go through as the person they know and love slowly gets destroyed by this illness.”
“My plan is to wear my Charlton baseball cap during the run,” continued Nigel.
“It would be great if any Charlton fans could give me some support as I pass. I will be on the Woolwich Road from around 11am. And it will take me around five-and-a-half hours to complete the distance. I suspect I will be well behind Chris Powell and other celebrities who are also running!
“If any supporters feel generous enough to support a fellow fan and, more importantly, a fantastic charity I would be extremely grateful as it means all those hours running in the cold and rain also have a benefit for other people.”
You can support Nigel in the London Marathon by clicking here to visit his Virgin Money Giving page.