Meet our London Marathon runners

We are extremely proud to announce that six runners will be taking on the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of iSightCornwall!

Find out more about our wonderful team members below:

Christian Wilson

Christian is the Acting Chair at iSightCornwall and has been involved with the charity since 2012. London 2018 will be his first marathon however he has previously run the Bristol and Truro half marathons and one half of the Classic Quarter (22 miles from Perranuthnoe to Land’s End!).

“iSightCornwall is an amazing organisation with brilliant people doing great things. If running the marathon helps raise money and builds awareness of the organisation then it’s the least I can do”.

Sponsor Christian

James Spencer

James is the Marketing and Communications Assistant for iSightCornwall and joined the organisation in 2016. He has entered the public ballot for the London Marathon for the past three years but has been unsuccessful on each occasion. In 2016 James ran the Eden Project Half Marathon on our behalf and absolutely loved the experience.

“Training for the marathon will be extremely tough but I am looking forward to the challenge. Working for iSightCornwall I see first hand the impact the charity has on the lives of visually impaired people in Cornwall. Being able to run the marathon whilst supporting such a great organisation is going to be such a fantastic experience!”.

Sponsor James

Katie Atkin

Katie’s father has previously run the London Marathon for iSightCornwall back when we were known as the ‘Cornwall Blind Association’. She has always wanted to compete in the marathon and attempt to beat her dad’s time!  Katie has taken part in the ‘Race for Life’ three times however this will be her biggest endurance event to date!

Katie’s boyfriend and his mother are also running the marathon so both of their families will be there on the day to cheer them on. Katie’s boyfriends mum is running the marathon for a different charity and the two have decided to organise some events together to raise money for the two charities.

“The marathon will be a test of my personal self and to raise money for a local charity whilst doing that is more motivation”.

Sponsor Katie

Kirsty Wensley

Kirsty’s mother is now severely sight impaired due to glaucoma and has been supported in living independently by iSightCornwall for a number of years. Kirsty has organised a number of fundraising events including a quiz night at the Old Bank in Camelford (Saturday 3 March) and a coffee morning in her local town.

Kirsty completed the Great West run seven years ago but has completed a handful of 10km charity runs over the past few years. Her husband Steve will be there to support her on the day whilst her three children watch the race on the television from their grandmother’s house.

“Through iSightCornwall my mother has received information, help and equipment, as well as joining in with some social activities. These have all helped her to continue living independently within her own home”.

Sponsor Kirsty

Susie Matthews

Susie ran the London Marathon in 2001 and absolutely loved the experience, “I was buzzing for a week afterwards!” She applied for a ballot place for this year’s race but was unsuccessful. Susie has also ran several half marathons and will be taking part in the Falmouth Half Marathon in March as part of her training.

Susie is planning to hold a 70s/80/90s disco to help raise money as well as planning a cake sale at work. Susie’s husband and three children will be supporting her on the day whilst her friends and other family members will be following her progress through the London Marathon app.

“I am currently volunteering at my children’s school to cover a teaching assistant who is off work with long-term eyesight problems. Hearing about her problems has given me some insight into how visual impairments affect everyday life. The difference a charity such as iSightCornwall can make is huge and I feel proud that the money I will raise will contribute towards this”.

Sponsor Susie

Tim Flower

Running the London Marathon is a challenge that Tim has always wanted to do. It will be his first time running a full marathon however he has run both the Saltash and the Eden Project Half Marathons in the same year.

“When I was given the opportunity to be involved and to raise money for a fantastic local charity, it was a dream come true”.

Sponsor Tim

Visually Impaired Running in Cornwall

Have you ever thought about taking up running?

Running is a fantastic way to keep fit, enjoy the great outdoors and socialise with others. There is a network of Guide Runners in Cornwall ready to support you whether it is your first run or you are a seasoned runner looking for additional support. All Guide Runners are trained and licensed by England Athletic Guide Running, DBS checked and have a passion for helping others enjoy the benefits of running.

For more information please join the VI Runners Cornwall Facebook group or contact James Spencer on 01872 261110.

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