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Marathon virgin Keith heading to London with £2,000 incentive for his favourite local charity

Posted: 10/03/11 by ACS Office Solutions

Marathon virgin Keith is heading to London with a £2,000 incentive for his favourite local charity. A self confessed ‘non-athlete’, Keith has been inspired to run next month’s London Marathon because he decided he needed to lose weight and get fit.

Keith Bird, a Service Manager with Brackmills based ACS, decided drastic action was needed ­ and signed up for a 26 mile run, despite not having done any keep fit for nearly 20 years. Keith has decided to raise money for the Northamptonshire based charity, The PSP Association and is aiming to raise over £2,000 from sponsorship.

Keith, 37, said: “Before I started training for the marathon, I’d done no exercise for over 17 years. I gave up smoking just over three years ago, but I put quite a bit of weight on. I wanted to set myself a really big challenge, and at the same time, give something to charity. So, I chose the PSP Association, a fantastic local charity, and they’ve been kind enough to secure me a place in the Marathon, and in return, I am looking forward to being able to hand over a big cheque to them through people sponsoring me.

“I’ve been in training since last year and have had some great advice from colleagues at ACS who’ve run marathons themselves. I’m actually really looking forward to the big day. It will be such a thrill to do it, and a sense of achievement to complete it.

“The PSP Association is a Northamptonshire Chamber Business Alliance Partner, alongside ACS, and have given me great support. This is very much a local fundraising effort, and we’re asking everyone we know to dig deep and support me to smash the fund raising target.”

ACS has a long history of supporting local charities through running and sporting events. From the Cranfield University 5K run, to last year’s BUPA Great North Run, ACS employees are always challenging themselves and raising money for worthy causes. You can follow Keith’s progress at http://keithbird.me and we would appreciate any support you can give for the fund raising effort at http://www.justgiving.com/keith-bird

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