Fundraisers Get Tough and Join the Fight for Sight

08 October 15

written by:

Heather Fanning

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Completing 100 miles for eye research

Jonathan Patrick, 24, from Chichester, and partner, Lucy Morris, 24, from Cardiff, tackled a tough challenge as they completed 100 miles of obstacles for the UK’s leading eye research charity, Fight for Sight.

The duo pledged to complete 100 miles, which accumulated to eleven Tough Mudder challenges, to raise funds for the charity that funds pioneering eye research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.

The events took place across the country, starting in May and the pair eventually completed the Tough Mudder events, totalling 122 miles, in September. They also ran the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon for an extra element to the challenge.

Jonathan, the leading fundraiser, knows how important funding for eye research is. The charity currently funds his PhD studentship at the University of Nottingham, which is investigating methods to help improve peripheral function in those that have limited central vision due to age-related macular degeneration or similar central vision impairments.

Jonathan said: "I’m grateful to Fight for Sight for funding my studentship – without funding from them this wouldn’t be possible. We therefore decided to take on a challenge to help raise awareness and vital funds for the charity.

“We wanted to push ourselves to the max in order to do this. Sight loss can have a huge impact on someone's life and anything we could do, seemed like a worthwhile venture - however tough and muddy.”

Lucy added: "My grandpa developed age-related macular degeneration and I have witnessed the effect that it has had on him over the years. Seeing a family member's experience of sight loss was more than enough to motivate me to run for Fight for Sight."

Jonathan will also be taking part in the Chichester Half Marathon on 11 October and the Frankfurt Marathon on 25 October.

You can sponsor the pair at 

Full list of 2015 events:Tough Mudder London West (2 May), Tough Mudder Midlands (30 and 31 May), Tough Mudder Scotland (20 June x2), Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon (4 July), Tough Mudder Yorkshire (1 and 2 August), Tough Mudder South West (22 August), Tough Mudder North West (12 Sept x2), Tough Mudder London South (27 Sept).