TO RUN WITH DAD
CAROLINE PRATT ‘April 23 will be a very special day indeed. It’s my dad’s 72nd birthday and we’ll be running London together. It’s my first, and although dad (George) ran marathons in the 1980s, he hadn’t run for over 30 years until he was inspired back into his running shoes by coming to support me at races.
Dad’s vision began deteriorating four years ago due to glaucoma and he now has just 50 per cent vision in his right eye and five per cent in his left. Not knowing how long his sight will endure, we decided it would be great to run a marathon together. He got a place through the ballot and I’m running for the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted). We train together at weekends – I am able to alert him to potholes, kerbs and changes in level or camber, though he is also still able to train by himself on familiar routes, and sometimes uses a treadmill. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be there with him every step of the way on the April 23 and can’t wait for us to cross the finish line together.’