Supporter James Buchanan running down the street while marathon training

Orbis marathon heroes: Long time supporter James

James Buchanan is running his first, and only, marathon for Orbis this April. He felt at the age of 59 it was time to make his lifelong ambition a reality.

As a long-time runner and supporter of Orbis (since 2007), he felt which better charity for him to run for.

James - keeping up the motivation

James’s running career began at the age of 11 at school in St Andrews. Scotland. He always enjoyed the fresh air and freedom. When the Chariots of Fire film came out with a running scene filmed on the beach in his home town of St Andrews – inspired, he too ran dreamily along the beach, and so began a life-long love affair with running.

Marathon training is going well he says

“The main thing is to enjoy the experience, not worry about speed and count my blessings for each day without an injury.”

The runs are powered by radio two, salads and a big bowl of pasta the night before running.

He’s looking forward to a pint of beer after the race and is hoping for a finish time of 4.5 hours.

Why is he supporting Orbis?:

Orbis has a bril­liant mis­sion to pre­vent avoid­able blind­ness. It’s very easy to be enthu­si­as­tic about the work of the char­i­ty when its work is so dra­mat­ic and life-chang­ing. I was inspired when I met the staff and toured the Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal at Stanst­ed Air­port last March. I love aero­planes so maybe that helps too!”

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