A marathon runner from Buckinghamshire is preparing to take on the London Marathon this weekend to help exercise those most in need.
Amersham resident Tom Dixon celebrates his tenth marathon by aiming to complete the grueling race in 2 hours and 50 minutes to raise money for national youth charity Access Sport with the support of his wife, of his children and his colleagues.
As a father-of-three himself, Mr Dixon believes passionately in the power of grassroots and community sport, and Sunday will see him tackle the 26.2-mile race to raise much-needed funds for the sports organization that changes life.
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Mr. Dixon, who works as a manager at Sports Accesssaid: “I am flabbergasted every day when I go to work at Access Sport.
“The passion and dedication of staff and volunteers to make a difference for disadvantaged and disabled young people is incredible.
“The work we do with community sports clubs and volunteers to make sure barriers are removed and there are provisions for sport makes a huge difference.
“I have trained hard for the London Marathon and will do my best, but more importantly I will raise funds which will allow Access Sport to continue to provide its vital work with grassroots sport.
We believe that no one should be excluded from the transformational benefits of community sport. This @FitnessDayUK we encourage everyone to be physically active, regardless of background. Learn more about our vital work: https://t.co/p04YmByINR #FitnessUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/K7vlajLwqz
— Access Sport (@AccessSport) September 21, 2022
“This work will become more important than ever as the cost of living crisis deepens. We must continue to ensure that young people access sport and thrive, and Access Sport plays a key role in this.
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Less than half of all children and young people currently meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for engaging in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more per day, to research by Sport England showed.
Only four in 10 people with disabilities said they could be as active as they wanted, according to Activity Alliance annual survey found.
Mr Dixon’s marathon efforts contribute to Access Sport’s fundraising target of £2,000,000 for this year, and he encourages others to take an active challenge for the #ChallengeAccessSport social media campaign. ‘association.
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