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Martin Higgins running on a cliff top path.

Higgy’s adventure 

Martin Higgins (Higgy), is running 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Glaucoma UK.  

Higgy, a former member of the Red Arrows had his career as a jet pilot put at risk when he was diagnosed with glaucoma.

This health scare, not unlike those many of our members face when considering how their sight loss could affect their ability to drive, made Higgy aware of the shortfalls in glaucoma research. Now, equipped with glaucoma eye drops and the support of the Glaucoma UK community behind him, he’ll be undertaking a huge challenge during our 50th anniversary year to raise £50,000 for Glaucoma UK’s Pitts Crick Research Fellowship.

A sign at John O'Groats showing that it's 874 miles to Land's End.

Over the course of five gruelling weeks, Higgy will be running the entire length of the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Higgy set off from Land’s End on Saturday 1 June. His journey up the length of the UK is now underway!

You can follow his progress via this live tracking link.

This will be a major physical and logistical challenge, and in preparation Higgy has been training for over 18 months. It’s still fairly rare that the route is attempted on foot, making it an enormous achievement for any runner or walker. In total, Higgy will run 1,000 miles (1,609km), with 70,000ft of elevation.

The route will cover some scenic landmarks such as the South West Coast Path, Exmoor National Park, Offa’s Dyke and the West Highland Way. The off-road route will span three countries, offering Higgy a unique opportunity to explore the UK’s stunning vistas from the ground, very unlike his usual bird’s eye view.

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Follow Higgy’s progress

Higgy has been recording vlogs on some of his training runs. Follow his journey to find out how his fitness is progressing and what’s motivating him to clip off the miles.

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Watch Higgy’s second update as he takes on a 15-mile training run after work in hot conditions. The sun finally came out towards the end of his training build-up after some challenging weather through the spring months.

Send Higgy a message of support

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Martin Higgins wearing fighter pilot equipment giving a thumbs up to the camera.

We would be incredibly grateful if you can donate towards Higgy’s ambitious goal of raising £50,000 in our 50th anniversary year. Any amount is hugely appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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