A record number of runners took to the streets of the cold, but dry capital at the weekend to run the 35th London Marathon. From the elite runners to those in fancy dress, over 40,000 people took part including 9 runners who raised funds for British Blind Sport. Ian Carr, Fundraising Manager had this message:
“On behalf of everyone at British Blind Sport, I’d like to say a huge thank you. The effort, determination and endeavour shown by our London Marathon runners over the weekend was absolutely incredible and inspiring. Getting round the 26.2 miles was a fantastic achievement, but the fact that they have raised nearly £12,000 (and counting!) for British Blind Sport is a monumental effort that will help us to continue our work to help blind and partially sighted people have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.”
Martin got in touch with British Blind Sport looking for a new challenge to support the work we do. He felt that to truly appreciate what it is like for the visually impaired people we support through sport, he would do his next run, the Southampton Half Marathon, blindfolded. He completed the 13.1 miles along with his friend Nick (who acted as guide runner for the day) and has raised hundreds of pounds for British Blind Sport.
Ian Carr, Fundraising Manager said, “I take my hat off to Martin. Running 13 miles is a challenge enough and would’ve been a fantastic achievement by itself, but to do this blindfolded makes it very difficult and in turn has raised his and other people’s awareness of visual impairment and meant that his challenge is all the more remarkable.”
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