Running Blind

That’s the name of the team formed by Simon Kelly, Jonathan Hornby and Michael Dunn, who have signed up for The Great North Run on Sunday 10th September with the purpose of supporting The Children’s Foundation.

Simon is registered blind and will be assisted in training and during the Great North Run itself with colleagues Jonathan and Michael, who kindly volunteered to guide him. It’s been hard enough for Simon to have lost his sight, but running a half marathon is likely to be his toughest challenge yet.

Simon takes up the story:

“I don’t consider myself a natural runner (or any kind of runner, for that matter!). So I started to train in the gym first, before I felt confident enough to join Jonathan and Michael on an outdoor run. Training regularly, I’m now feeling more positive about my progress – as you’ll see from my posts on social media.”

The runners have set up their own fundraising page (Virgin Money Giving – runningblind2017, part of the Run Geordie Run team) and have already received donations reaching £1,245.

Why not join Simon, Jonathan and Michael (and 57,000 other people) in the world’s most iconic half marathon and raise money for this great local cause?

The Children’s Foundation has guaranteed places available for the Great North Run and entry is only £55 with a £275 minimum sponsorship. Last year ‘Team TCF’ managed to raise over £32,000 to help children and young people here in the North East and North Cumbria. This year, you could help them raise even more to continue this vital work in the region.

By joining Team TCF you receive help and support during your training with weekly newsletters giving you tips on everything you need to know, a Team TCF running vest or t-shirt, complimentary sports massage and refreshments after the race and advice and guidance on fundraising. For more information, click here

You can follow Running Blind on Facebook and Twitter (@Running__Blind) – and of course, you can support them on the day of the race!