Hello, I'm Richard Bannister, and in 2016 I shall be running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of LPUK.
This will be my ninth, and quite possibly, my last marathon.
I ran my first marathon whilst at junior school at the tender age of nine, although the distance was spread over a few days running! I have since run a further seven full marathons, Dublin twice, Edinburgh twice, Nottingham, Chester and London along with numerous half marathons, 10k's, 5k's and also a couple of kilomathons too! I'm not the best runner in the world by a long shot, but I have enjoyed it over the years and in my final marathon I'm hoping to finally crack the sub four hours time, but that remains to be seen!
I'm a serving firefighter for Humberside Fire Service stationed in Grimsby, Lincolnshire and I enjoy my job immensely. It certainly brings up many surprises as no two days are ever the same! But probably the best part of the job I do is helping people in so many different ways, being there when someone needs our help.
I have a great family life with my lovely wife Lisa and our lovely ten year old son, Joseph. We love to go walking and camping and generally try to have fun as much as possible.
I'm really looking forward to raising the awareness of Little People UK by running the marathon and will hopefully see some of you during and after the race.
To sponsor Richard please visit his JustGiving page here.