Runner hits the road for eye health
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.