Penge man and his dog complete half marathon alone to raise money for Fight for Sight

01 April 20

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Róisín Treacy

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A man in a running vest and his dog standing in front of a brick building.

Penge local Ryan Thomson (28) was due to run the London Landmark’s Half Marathon last Sunday for Fight for Sight, until the event was called off due to the covid-19 pandemic.

However, determined to appease his donors, Ryan decided to undertake a half marathon of his own with his dog Rogue, while safely adhering to social distancing guidelines. Ryan, who lives in Penge in South East London, completed the run in Norfolk where he has been staying with his parents while the UK remains on lockdown.

Ryan chose to fundraise for Fight for Sight because of his close family connection to sight loss. The charity funds pioneering research into eye conditions to find new treatments and cures for the leading causes of blindness. Ryan’s grandmother was left completely blind after a stroke and he describes witnessing first-hand how sight loss closed her off from the world and greatly affected her mental health.

Ryan said: "I went out alone on Saturday with Rogue to run the 13 miles in lieu of the official event taking place because of how much the cause and support of my wonderful donors meant to me. I was extremely vigilant with social distancing and not touching anything while I was out, but the good news is that even with all of Rogue's wee breaks, I still managed to hit my target of finishing in less than three hours!"

Ryan will still be running the official London Landmarks Half Marathon when it happens but has now revised his target to help raise even more money for pioneering eye research.

Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Fight for Sight, Rachel Simkin said: “We are so grateful to Ryan for staying so positive in this difficult time and continuing with his fundraising efforts, while still complying with NHS guidelines and maintaining social distancing. It’s through our fantastic supporters sticking by us during this difficult time that we will be able to continue the fight against sight loss.”

To donate to Ryan’s fundraising efforts, you can visit his Just Giving page here.

Ryan out on his half marathon run with the distance and time recorded on the picture.

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