Run­ner hits the road for eye health

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Mitchell Nye-Wood will be run­ning for the money at the adi­das Auck­land Marathon this year.

The PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s de­part­ment of Op­tom­e­try and Vi­sion Sci­ence is don­ning his jog­ging shoes to raise funds for Retina NZ.

‘‘I’ve al­ways wanted to run a marathon, and I wanted to choose a char­ity re­lat­ing to my stud­ies that I could give back to, so Retina NZ was an ob­vi­ous choice,’’ he says.

Retina NZ sup­ports re­search into treat­ments for blind­ness and pro­vides as­sis­tance around the coun­try for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some form of vi­sion loss.

Retina NZ pres­i­dent Fraser Alexan­der says: ‘‘Our ser­vices ex­tend to ev­ery­one – fam­ily mem­bers, col­leagues, neigh­bours and oth­ers who can ben­e­fit from a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with vi­sion loss and prac­ti­cal strate­gies to cope with daily liv­ing.’’

In the 2012 Auck­land Marathon 3654 marathon par­tic­i­pants com­pleted the course with an av­er­age time of just over 4hr 23sec.

On Novem­ber 3 Mitchell in­tends to join the thou­sands who will be there and hopes to com­plete the course in un­der 3hr 30sec.

‘‘It will be my first marathon, and train­ing for the marathon is the first time I’ve run so far,’’ he says.

World Retina Day is to­mor­row.

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