TO RUN WITH DAD

Runner's World (UK) - - LONDON CALLING - uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ Caro­linepratt1

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.’

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