A Cambridgeshire man is preparing to tie up his running shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon, returning on 03 October, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Piers Harding, 54, from Buckworth in Cambridgeshire, will run as part of Team RNIB to support the charity after being accidentally shot in his right eye at age seven.
Piers and his older brother, who was twelve at the time, were playing together when the air rifle accidentally went off, striking Piers in his right eye. Over the years, Piers has undergone several eye operations.
Piers, a design consultant engineer, said:
“Although I have two per cent vision in my right eye, I’ve been lucky enough to live my life how I chose to. The outcome of my accident could have been very different. I’ve always had huge admiration for RNIB and jumped at the opportunity to make a difference. It’s for a great cause.”
This is the first time that Piers is taking part in the London Marathon. He will be running for RNIB to support the charity’s work in breaking down the barriers facing blind and partially sighted people.
“It’s been challenging training on and off over the last year so I’m happy things are now in full swing. I am no professional runner, but I’ve been training five to six days a week to get myself prepared as much as possible for the big day.”
Lizzi Wagner, Senior Challenge Events Manager at RNIB, said:
“Following a challenging year for us all, we’re delighted to welcome back the physical event of the Virgin Money London Marathon.
“We are also pleased to have Piers join Team RNIB for the 2021 London Marathon. We can’t wait to cheer him on all the way to the finish line.
“The money he raises will help us continue to work towards a world without barriers for people living with sight loss. Please dig deep and support his fundraising efforts!”
To support Piers in reaching his fundraising goal for RNIB, please visit his JustGiving page.