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Sense International Director running the London Marathon

23 April 2015

James Thornberry in his Sense International running vest

James Thornberry is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run the London Marathon on Sunday and raise money for children and adults who are both deaf and blind. 52-year-old James was inspired to run for Sense International as he is the Director of the charity that supports people with sensory impairments in developing countries.

James said:

“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon - I think everyone should do it once. I’m really looking forward to it, and while it will be a real challenge I know first-hand how the children we support in some of the poorest parts of the world will benefit from the money raised.”

James is a keen cyclist and has been training hard to prepare for his first gruelling 26-mile race. He is hoping that, having crossed the marathon off his list, his next challenge for the charity will be a triathlon.

“I’m not aiming for a specific time, I’ll be happy with crossing the finish line without having walked a single mile. Hopefully, I won’t be too far behind from the rest Sense International runners, some of whom I hear are marathon veterans!”

James took up the role of Director of Sense International in 2011 after having worked in international development organisations for over 20 years. He is a registered general nurse and his passion for inclusion and diversity is a result of having lived in several continents.

James Thornberry is planning to raise £2,000 for Sense International, to sponsor him please go to his JustGiving page or text SIJT60, £X amount, to 70070. 

Watch James’ video :

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019