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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.

Starting at the end of May 2024 and then over the course of five gruelling weeks, Higgy will be running from the most westerly point of the UK, Land’s End, all the way to John O’Groats, its northern-most tip.

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.

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!