Simon Graves is on his marks to take his place on the start line for the Maidenhead Easter 10 run next month to raise funds for Autism Berkshire.
His wife, who is a member of our Maidenhead-based Bear With Me social group for autistic adults, and her twin brother are both autistic.
Simon, pictured above, said: “I like running and feel that I should try to help others while doing something I enjoy. I take part in Park Run events in Maidenhead and have completed more than 300 during the past 10 years.”
In 2012 GP told him his weight and high blood pressure meant that he was at a high risk of having a stroke or heart attack if he did not take action.
After shedding five stone with the support of Slimming World, he took up running to help keep the weight off.
He also cycles six miles, five days a week, between his home and his NHS job at St Mark’s Hospital in Maidenhead.
He added: “I have run these kinds of distances before, so am feeling confident and in good shape for the Maidenhead 10.”
The event takes place on a 10-mile course on closed roads around the town on Good Friday morning. Click here for full details. There are also one-mile and half-mile events for schoolchildren.
Simon has previously completed several 10k runs, the virtual 2021 version of the London Marathon and a long-distance cycling challenge, to raise funds for other good causes, including NHS charities.
Click here to visit Simon’s Give as You Live fundraising page to sponsor him and support Autism Berkshire’s work for autistic people and their families in Berkshire.
He is aiming to raise at least £250 for our funds.
- Click here to find out how you can help to raise money for Autism Berkshire by taking part in a run, another type of challenge, or in other ways, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a voicemail message on 01189 594 594 to let us know what you are doing, so that we can let people know how to sponsor you.