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Nothing can stop Marathon Man, Ray Johnson, as he prepares to run his 20th London Marathon

Nothing can stop Marathon Man, Ray Johnson, as he prepares to run his 20th London Marathon

It seems as though nothing can stop Rotary member Ray Johnson as he prepares to run his 20th London Marathon

On the 26th April 2020, Ray Johnson, member of Folkestone Rotary Club, will run his 20th consecutive London Marathon, in order to raise money for Kent Association for the Blind (KAB).

KAB work with over 12,500 people with a sight impairment in Kent and surrounding areas, and is one of the largest local sight loss charities in the UK.

Last year, Ray raised £4,220 which has now resulted in a total amount of £80,589 raised over the last 20 years for the Kent Association for the Blind!

Ray ran his first London Marathon in the year 2000 after his wife Carol spotted a feature on the TV where KAB were looking for runners to take part in the Marathon.

This year is a special year, not only being Rays 20th in 2020, but also KAB celebrate their 100 year anniversary”

After achieving a successful charity run from Folkestone to Canterbury, Ray felt the challenge of the London Marathon was the next step, and since then he has continued to challenge himself year after year.

This year is a special year, not only being Rays 20th in 2020, but also KAB celebrate their 100 year anniversary

Ray mentioned “My best time was 3 hours, 23 minutes in 2002 and I am already in training for this year’s event. I know I can’t beat this time, but I am sure I can certainly raise more money for charity that encourages me tremendously.”

Rays advice for anyone thinking of taking on a similar challenge to help raise money for charity it to “focus on an ambition and connect to a good cause. Ask for help and support, and ask for sponsorship”

Ray encourages anyone to get into running and has since set up the Folkestone Coastal 10k and the Folkestone Rotary half Marathon.

“If you could sponsor me it would be very much appreciated and encourages me immensely” says Ray

Anyone wishing to make a donation can donate online via Rays JustGiving fundraising page

Alternatively you can pledge via email or just send a cheque payable to the Kent Association for the Blind.