Blind Dave Heeley conquers Dubai and marathon No.5
Blind West Bromwich man Dave Heeley moved a step closer today to completing the amazing task of running a marathon a day on seven different continents for a week.
Blind Dave, as he is known, and his sighted running partner Malcolm Carr, battled fatigue, jet lag and muscle soreness to complete the fifth leg of the challenge in 30C degree heat in Dubai.
Mr Heeley hopes to become the first visually-impaired person to complete the Seven Magnificent Marathons challenge raising £1 million for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the process.
The duo completed the 26.2 mile 13-lap course at Dubai's Safa Park in four hours 55 minutes.
He will next run in Tunis in Tunisia before arriving home in the United Kingdom on Saturday night. On Sunday he will complete the challenge by joining thousands of competitors taking part in the Flora London Marathon.
He has already completed marathons on the Falklands Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles and Sydney.
Mr Heeley, 50, who has been visually impaired since birth, was a keen runner as a child but had to give up the sport when he was 16 as his sight deteriorated due to retinitis pigmentosa.
The father of three was registered blind in 1986 and has said his life was transformed by the work of the Guide Dogs charity.
* Dave and Malc's website is at www.7mm.org.uk where you can read the blog, leave messages of support and sponsor the duo.