MD Runs London Marathon for SpecialEffect

Neil O’Regan, Managing Director of Shawcity, will be completing the 2017 London Marathon in support of SpecialEffect.

On Sunday 23rd April, along with over 50,000 other participants, Neil will be taking on the gruelling 26.2 miles around the capital to raise money for the charity SpecialEffect.

A keen runner, Neil has entered several half marathons and 10Ks previously but this is by far his biggest challenge to date. After six months of training Neil has set himself a target finish time of four hours. Although achievable, this goal will push him to his limits.

Neil explains: “It is an honour to be awarded a place in one of the most famous marathons in the world; and it is a privilege to be running for SpecialEffect, a fantastic local charity that I am lucky enough to be an Ambassador of.”

Neil became an ambassador in 2013 as soon as he saw how effectively SpecialEffect’s work builds confidence, helps rehabilitation and, above all, promotes inclusion. The charity’s work focuses on enabling those with physical disabilities to access computing and gaming.

SpecialEffect work alongside a team of therapists and technology specialists who adapt both hardware and software to work with young people’s and adults’ individual disabilities. Technology can include eye-controlled software or specially designed controls or keyboards to enable communication or gaming.

Visit to find out more about the charity including truly inspirational case studies about those who have benefited from the work the SpecialEffect team provides.

Neil has set himself a target to raise £2,000 for SpecialEffect by completing the London Marathon. To sponsor Neil’s efforts and support this incredible charity please click here for the JustGiving page.


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