8 October 2015
Source: Fight for Sight
Jonathan Patrick, 24, from Chichester, and partner, Lucy Morris, 24, from Cardiff, tackled a tough challenge as they completed 100 miles of obstacles for the UK’s leading eye research charity, Fight for Sight.
The duo pledged to complete 100 miles, which accumulated to eleven Tough Mudder challenges, to raise funds for the charity that funds pioneering eye research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.
The events took place across the country, starting in May and the pair eventually completed the Tough Mudder events, totalling 122 miles, in September. They also ran the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon for an extra element to the challenge.
Jonathan, the leading fundraiser, knows how important funding for eye research is. The charity currently funds his PhD studentship at the University of Nottingham, which is investigating methods to help improve peripheral function in those that have limited central vision due to age-related macular degeneration or similar central vision impairments.
Jonathan said: “I’m grateful to Fight for Sight for funding my studentship – without funding from them this wouldn’t be possible. We therefore decided to take on a challenge to help raise awareness and vital funds for the charity.
“We wanted to push ourselves to the max in order to do this. Sight loss can have a huge impact on someone’s life and anything we could do, seemed like a worthwhile venture – however tough and muddy.”
Lucy added: “My grandpa developed age-related macular degeneration and I have witnessed the effect that it has had on him over the years. Seeing a family member’s experience of sight loss was more than enough to motivate me to run for Fight for Sight.”
Jonathan will also be taking part in the Chichester Half Marathon on 11 October and the Frankfurt Marathon on 25 October.