Anita takes on the Great North Run

27 September 17

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Blind runner completes the biggest half marathon in the world

On 10 September 2017 Anita Hurton from Grimsby, South Humberside, and her guide Sam Colbeck took to the streets alongside 57,000 runners to complete the Great North Run. Anita has an extremely rare eye condition, AZOOR (Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy), the cause of which is unknown.

Anita’s courage and determination have also inspired her family to raise money for Fight for Sight. Her partner, Dave, ran the Keswick Half Marathon in April 2017 and her partner’s sister, Debby Moorhouse, ran alongside Anita and Sam in the Great North Run. They surpassed their initial target of £750, and raised almost £1,700.

Unfortunately, Anita experienced full sight loss just 3 weeks before taking part in the Great North Run. After only running the route once before, Anita and her guide Sam were able to conquer the course and complete the half marathon in just 2 hours and 1 minute, which is 18 minutes earlier than their practice run.

Debby Moorhouse said: “As a family we are inspired by Anita, as what is just normal everyday things to you and me, is quite often a challenge for Anita, but that doesn’t stop her. Fight for Sight are a charity whose mission is to stop sight loss in its tracks. Only through funding pioneering eye research, can we begin to create a future everyone including Anita can see”.

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