Meet our London Marathon Runners

21 April 16

written by:

Heather Fanning

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Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon attracts thousands of people to run 26.2 miles. This year, Fight for Sight  has 19 determined runners who are going the extra mile to raise vital funds for eye research. We are grateful for all the runners’ commitment and wish them the best of luck for Sunday 24 April.

The Fight for Sight cheerleaders will be at miles 13 and 22 – so please feel free to join us. Contact Jo Harford on 020 7264 3900 or email for further details.

Meet your runners:

 Tom Thorpe’s inspiration for taking on the gruelling marathon is his friend and international DJ, Laura Jones. Laura was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease in 2008. Tom and co are on a mission to  raised 50k for Fight for Sight over a 10 year period in support of Laura help him get a step closer please donate.  

Brothers Jon and Robert Bennett are taking on the London Marathon together in order to raise funds for Fight for Sight. The Bennett Brothers’ great-uncle was Professor Norman Ashton CBE, who founded the charity in 1965. Join the brothers’ fight for sight and donate to either Jon’s or Robert’s fundraising page.

Amber Grierson has been fighting for her sight since birth and almost lost her sight in her right eye at 19. She has made it her mission to raise money for eye research through Fight for Sight. To help Amber’s fight for sight please visit here.

William Moore is running in honour of his sister Emily. Emily has been living with a genetic cone dystrophy syndrome for the past 20 years and is both long and short sighted, colour blind, and extremely sensitive to light.  To help William go the extra mile, visit here.

For the past 10 years, Dr Amanda Carr has been a scientific researcher at UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology. As she continues to research why people go blind, Amanda is running in the London Marathon to help raise funds for further eye research projects. To help Amanda reach her goal, visit her fundraising site.

Five runners are taking on the London Marathon to raise funds for the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund via Fight for Sight. We wish these runners the best of luck – Meghan Cole, Zoe Cleghorn, Fred Roberts, and Sam Pulman.

Plus good luck to our other runners including: brothers Julian and Adrian Dobson, Patricia Cleverley, Love Oyeniran, Andrew Kenningham, Alex Yates, Fathima Ali, Alan Jones and Francesca Cornago.