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Blind run­ner and guide

When Lucy Edwards was 17, rare eye con­di­tion called in­con­ti­nen­tia pig­menti caused her to go blind. At first, she strug­gled to come to terms with her sight loss, rarely leav­ing the house. But three years on, she is gear­ing up for her first marathon, which she’ll be run­ning along­side guide run­ner Steve Pitt. ‘ When I was suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion, I went onto the Bri­tish Blind Sport web­site and found Steve,’ says Lucy, from Birm­ing­ham. ‘ We started run­ning to­gether once a week. Run­ning re­ally helps me cope with my blind­ness – it makes me feel so pos­i­tive and alive.’

‘I love our runs,’ adds Steve. ‘ Lucy is such an in­spir­ing per­son, with a fan­tas­tic out­look on life – es­pe­cially after the chal­lenges she’s had to over­come. We al­ways have a good laugh and put the world to rights while we’re run­ning.’

Last Oc­to­ber, Lucy asked Steve, who is also a coach and a nine­time marathoner, to do the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon with her. Her aim was to raise funds for Guide Dogs UK, a char­ity close to her heart. ‘ When I wake up each morn­ing, my guide dog, Olga, is the one who re­minds me be­ing blind is OK,’ she says.

Lucy her­self reg­u­larly con­vinces thou­sands of view­ers that be­ing blind is ‘OK’ through her Youtube chan­nel, Yes­ter­dayswishes, which was born out of frus­tra­tion with the neg­a­tive way vis­ually im­paired peo­ple are per­ceived. On the chan­nel she dis­cusses ev­ery­thing from guide dogs to smart­phones and how to ap­ply per­fect make-up with­out be­ing able to see; she has more than 28,000 fol­low­ers.

Lucy isn’t wor­ried about how long it will take her to fin­ish her debut marathon. ‘I just want to com­plete it,’ she says. ‘ I’ll know when I cross the fin­ish line that I’ve over­come the de­pres­sion I’ve suf­fered since los­ing my sight.’

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