Chris Beard, Tax Manager at KSK Luton has run more than 100 marathons, and there is no sign of him stopping.

After successfully winning entrees to both London & Chicago 2020 Marathons, he was not going to let the current emergency measures slow him down.

The London Marathon was due to take place yesterday, Sunday 26th April, but for obvious reasons had been postponed.

This did not stop Chris who is raising money for Medical Detection Dogs “because these dogs are life savers”!

With the help and encouragement of neighbours, Chris set off yesterday morning to run 26.2 miles locally whilst maintain safe distancing measures, and 4 hours 4 minutes later successfully added another marathon to his tally, a fantastic achievement!




Here is Chris’s story:

“The postponement of the London Marathon to 4 October has meant what was originally a single challenge has turned into a marathon double.  I had also been successful in the ballot for a place at the Chicago Marathon on 11 October, so now it’s a case of finishing London, jumping on a plane and running Chicago!  Easier said than done!

As many of you may know, I have run over 100 marathons in my lifetime so most people will think what I am doing will be a piece of cake, but I have not actually ran a full marathon since April 2019.  Since June 2019 I focused on a personal challenge of running 52 official half marathon races within 52 weeks.  And whilst I managed 44 of these, the outbreak of COVID-19 will probably mean that I won’t be able to complete this challenge.


So, it is now time to get down to some serious training as your body soon forgets how to run a marathon when it’s been a while without doing one.

So why this wonderful charity??  Well, I just happened to be flicking through a local free newspaper when I came across a two-page spread about Medical Detection Dogs.  I firstly hadn’t realised that its main headquarters are literally on my doorsteps based on the outskirts of Milton Keynes and then I read exactly what they do there.

The charity trains up dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, malaria and bacterial infections.  The aim being to discover the diseases earlier thus saving more lives.

STOP PRESS: They are now trying to train dogs to detect whether someone has COVID-19, this could be a massive breakthrough and once trained, dogs could also be used to identify travelers entering the country infected with the virus or be deployed in other public spaces.

They also have Medical-alert assistance dogs trained up to detect minute changes in one person’s body odour.  This helps individuals with life threatening conditions to manage their day to day life.

Finally, there are the blood sugar detection dogs for adults and children living with unstable Type 1 Diabetes.  These sufferers do not get a warning if they have a dangerously low blood sugar level, so the dogs are trained to sense changes in the patient’s breath and alert them to test their blood.

Dogs are just the most amazing animals and they just to do this for their love of human interaction, not actually realising what lives they are saving every day!

This charity has no government funding and relies purely on you, me and the public’s generosity.  It needs over £2 million + a year to train and maintain these wonderful dogs. Please support this great charity.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.”

“You can donate to the charity via  my Just Giving page here

Please donate if you can, it really is a good cause.