Amy Bowling from Surrey is running her first ever marathon for Fight for Sight
This year myself and my boyfriend Michael are going to be running the London Marathon, a feat that both terrifies and excites me, to raise money for Fight for Sight.
I first heard about Fight for Sight when Mike and some of his family completed the London Marathon in 2015 to raise money as a thanks for everything the charity has done to support one of Michael’s cousins who has Stargardts disease. Stargardt disease (a.k.a. Stargardt macular dystrophy) causes loss of central vision which means only peripheral vision can be used to carry out basic tasks, such as reading or looking at objects that are more than a short distance away. Its effects cannot currently be reversed.
Watching the London Marathon from the side lines was absolutely inspiring, and the atmosphere of whole day was amazing. That said, I never would have dreamt I'd be one of the crazy people running it 3 years later.
Last year, Michael and I also had the chance to attend a charity ball for Fight for Sight, organised by Michael’s aunt Kirsty Perkins, which was a lovely event. It was great to hear stories from several people whose lives have been changed for the better as a result of the research supported by Fight for Sight.
This charity ball led to myself and Michael signing up to the Royal Parks Half Marathon and completing it, donning our Fight for Sight t-shirts. Meeting other people running for the charity was great, and the cheers coming from the Fight for Sight stand really kept me going in the summer heat.
I've run two other half marathons, the Southampton half and Edinburgh half. I am by no means a fast runner but really enjoy clearing my mind with a nice run (and the relief at the end). I am also a physiotherapist, which has come in really handy so far in avoiding injury - although I'm sure Mike's had enough of me nagging him to stretch.
I am really excited to be running my first ever marathon for such a great charity.
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