Ben Crane will run the 2019 London Marathon to raise funds for GBWR. Along with his wife Louise , Ben now owns the iconic ‘Cliff Top Café at Whitsand Bay in Cornwall and will be doing much of his training for the event along the south west coastal path. Ben is a former Staff Sergeant in the Devon and Dorset Regiment and saw service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Bosnia. He left the Army in 2007 and since then has been a familiar face to the many locals and holidaymakers who stop to enjoy great food whilst taking in the stunning views afforded by the café which is pitched on the cliffs overlooking Rame Head.

Ben said, ‘I’ve always loved rugby and played at school, for the Infantry and for Darlington RFC. I’ve been inspired by watching the game played in wheelchairs at the Invictus Games and have always been interested in hearing how the GB team is doing from David Pond who is one of our regulars. It’s a real privilege to run for them and I hope I can raise a good amount to help them continue to offer the game to more and more disabled people’.

David Pond, GB Wheelchair Rugby’s CEO said, ‘I’ve known Ben and Louise pretty much since they started in the café they are a lovely family and the café is a real gem – great English breakfasts, fresh crab sandwiches, and homemade cakes – all overlooking gorgeous Whitsand Bay and the Rame peninsular. Ben is about 6ft 6” and a tough guy. He is not a natural running shape but I know he will be putting the miles in and setting himself a challenging time – we are hugely grateful that he has chosen us to benefit from his run’.

If you want to know more about the Cliff Top Café, please visit http://www.clifftopcafe.co.uk.

If you want to support Ben you can donate to GBWR via JustGiving, and Ben will be setting up a dedicated fundraising page on JustGiving in the coming weeks.