Gary Hamilton, a 22-year-old sports and exercise student at Edinburgh Napier University, will start a 103 mile challenge in the upcoming Meadows Marathon on Sunday, March 4. The partially-sighted runner plans to take part in 9 events over the course of the year as he raises money for Fight for Sight, the leading UK charity dedicated to funding research to prevent sight loss.
Gary, who lost the sight in his right eye following a sporting accident two years ago, will follow up his participation in Edinburgh with a series of events including the Great Scottish Run, the Great North Run, and the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest competitions in Cardiff, Nottingham and Edinburgh.
On his Fight For Sight challenge, Gary commented: "Prior to my accident, I was really sporty and healthy, but since I lost the sight in my right eye, it's been hard to get back to the level I once was. Luckily, there is a chance that my vision could be restored. My experience has made me realise just how much I took my sight for granted."
Successfully completing these means Gary will cover 103 miles, a distance he hopes will allow him to reach his £1,000 fundraising target: "Running over 100 miles will be no mean feat, but the fact that I'll be helping Fight For Sight make sight loss a thing of the past will give me all the motivation I need."
Entirely student=led, this is the first year in which the Meadows Marathon has been added to the half-marathon and 5k events. Organisers are hoping to attract 2000 runners for the upcoming races, and aim to raise a total of £70,000.
For more information about Gary's Fight For Sight challenge, you can visit his justgiving page.