Not long after his London Marathon, store director Lateef Iqbal from Specsavers in Alton, Camberley and Farnham was donning his trainers for another amazing feat.

Race to the King

This challenge isn't for the faint-hearted!   It is a double marathon of 53 miles that can be jogged or walked, and honours the ancient Kings Walk. 

The circuit takes in the breathtaking South Downs Way, starting at the Slindon Estate near Arundel and finishing at Winchester Cathedral.  This year's event took place on 24-25 June.

Says Lateef

'It really was a beautiful route featuring stunning landscapes and numerous historial sites along the way.  Part of the route also ran along an ancient path across a ridge of chalk hills.'

He adds:  'The scenery did help during those times when sheer exhausation kicked in.  Not only is it physically challenging, but mentally too as you are battling through with the task in hand with zero sleep. 

'But being part of a group of individuals who were all in it together kept you going when energy levels got very low.  I am delighted to have completed it and it feel it was a pretty amazing achievement.'

All for a good cause

Lateef did the Race to the King for charity, Blind Veterans UK.  

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