ELVis is joining in on the fun of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, with Ryan Jones as our runner
Earlier this year we successfully secured a place for the 2016 Virgin London Marathon! We are pleased to announce that Ryan Jones is the lucky athlete who has been chosen to run for us with his guide runner Tim Hampton.
Ryan has won numerous accolades as a sportsman; he has represented the England Blind cricket team at the 2014 blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa and continues to play for the Metro blind cricket team. He is an avid runner and can often be seen pounding the streets of Bermondsey.
In his first Marathon Ryan achieved the immaculate time of 4 hours 28 minutes. However, the high-achieving Jones would like to smash that target for East London Vision.
We caught up with Ryan, who said:
“Being vision impaired I am aware of many of the challenges face by blind and partially sighted people, such as going to buy the weekly shop at the supermarket. I have chosen to run for ELVis because I know the difference support can make in improving independence for blind and partially sighted people.
Having run a marathon 2 years ago, I feel like I can use that experience to achieve a better time. I will train hard, however in order for me to complete such a challenge, your support will be vital, so anything you can donate would be gratefully appreciated!”
Tim, aged 24, who works for Westminster City Council is an enthusiastic runner and will be Ryan’s guide on the day. Whilst Tim has only completed a half marathon and a few smaller charity runs he’s raring for opportunity to test his mettle on the streets of London. When talking to Tim about the challenge ahead he said:
“Running such a well-known marathon is an exciting prospect for me and knowing I’m supporting a really deserving charity motivates me to pull on my running shoes and brave the cold to train.
It’ll be a significant personal challenge and test of character but I feel privileged to be doing my part for ELVis at the London Marathon and I hope with your support we can have a real positive impact on partially sighted and blind people.”
Please support Tim by donating to his My Donate page.
Both Ryan and Tim will be supported along the way with pre-marathon training from Jeffrey Darko, manager of Physique Trans4mers. Jeffrey has trained professional cricket players and aided football coaching for under 21’s for local teams.
So we know the boys are in safe hands for training. Jeffrey said:
“I’ve been a personal trainer for several years now, but being approached to train a marathon runner is an exciting and challenging opportunity. I am determined to help Ryan and Tim achieve their personal best, while making sure they suffer no injuries during training sessions and on the big day.
Helping a charity such as ELVis who raise much needed awareness for blind and partially sighted people is a matter that is close to my heart, making the work I am doing with the boys that extra bit special and personal.”
Remember the more money we raise, the more people living with sight loss we can help. Every penny we raise goes towards improving the quality of life of Vision impaired people, so any donation will be appreciated.
Please donate to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page.
We have set ourselves an ambitious target to raise at least £2,500 and to help us get there we are hugely grateful to our sole runner Ryan Jones – who, being blind himself, is running with the assistance of Tim Hampton his guide runner during the event.
You can help us smash our target by either donating to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page or Tim’s My Donate page.
You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog to keep up-to-date with Ryan and Tim’s journey to the finish line! You can also follow Ryan’s progress over at his personal twitter account: www.twitter.com/RAJURyan93
Thank you for reading and we hope you will make a contribution to our work to make a difference to blind and partially sighted people across east London.