Simon running Marathon for Canine Partners

Simon DeVile
Simon DeVile

AN EASTBOURNE vet is set to run the Brighton Marathon and raise money for Canine Partners.

Simon DeVile, one of the partners at St Anne’s Veterinary Group in Eastbourne, is hoping to run the 26 miles in under three and a half hours for the national charity Canine Partners which provides specially trained dog for people with disabilities.

Simon is undertaking a gruelling training scheme covering up to 50 miles a week to ensure he is at his peak performance for the run on April 10.

The 44-year-old started running in 2006 and has since run the London Marathon twice and the Beachy Head Marathon three times.

Simon regularly comes into contact with Canine Partner puppies as a local fundraiser and puppy parent being one of his clients.

Simon said, “I want to enjoy a new marathon experience this spring and Brighton proved very popular last year.”

“My aim is to enjoy the race but hopefully get below three hours 30 minutes and raise money for Canine Partners.

“I am very aware what an important role these dogs play in the life of a person with disabilities and I am continually impressed with how well Canine Partners look after the dogs in their care.”

Canine Partners still has charity places available for the Brighton Marathon. Anyone who would like to take up the challenge should call Jill Green on 01730 716014.