PENSIONER Jonathan Such will be taking part in a charity run close to his heart.
The 63-year-old, who grew up in Portsmouth and attended Solent Road School and the Southern Grammar School for Boys, will be fundraising for the Royal National Institute of Blind People. He has chosen this charity as his younger brother Julian suffers from eye problems.
Julian, 62, with wife Bev, runs the Portsmouth School of Gymnastics, in Old Reservoir Road, Farlington.
Lifelong athlete Jonathan will be taking part in the Great North Run on September 18. He will also be running in memory of his former running pal Cavin Woodward, who died of a heart attack last year aged 62.
Jonathan, who now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, said: ‘Cavin was a remarkable athlete and holder of many world records. I trained hard with Cavin and his untimely death was a huge shock – one I’m not really over. I travelled from Johannesburg to attend his funeral in Leamington.
‘As I gently cast a handful of soil on his coffin, I made a promise that I would get fit again and race like we did in the old days.’
Since hanging up his trainers, Jonathan gained extra weight. But he was determined to shift it and has been training for the past 18 months in preparation for the 13.1 mile run.
He has taken part in many races in the past, including a 56-mile race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. To donate money go to justgiving.com/jonathan-such.