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'Blind Dave' runs in Los Angeles

Dave Heeley crossing the line at the Rose Bowl
Mr Heeley was moved to tears in Los Angeles because of the local support

A blind runner is nearly half-way through his international challenge to complete seven marathons in seven days.

Dave Heeley, 50, from West Bromwich, and his guide Malcolm Carr completed their latest run at Los Angeles' Rose Bowl stadium just after 1100 GMT.

Mr Heeley, known as Blind Dave, was moved to tears by the support he received which included a welcome by the Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard.

Mr Heeley and Mr Carr have already run in Rio de Janeiro and the Falklands.

The pair, who are raising money for the Guide Dogs For The Blind Association, will start their next race in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday.

They will then go on to Dubai and Tunis before running the London Marathon on Sunday.

'Such courage'

Mr Bogaard said: "Dave Heeley's Seven Magnificent Marathons challenge has inspired and encouraged people across the world to reach for their dreams, no matter how challenging the effort.

"The success of Seven Magnificent Marathons will not be measured by how many miles run, but by the courage necessary to undertake such a challenge.

"Such courage, in the face of adversity, will be an inspiration for years to come."

If he completes the challenge, Mr Heeley, a married father-of-three, and Mr Carr will have run 183.4 miles in approximately 168 hours taking over 250,000 steps.

The endurance test has previously been completed by only adventurers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud.

Map showing Dave Heeley's marathon destinations

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