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Lizzie Tovey

Running the 2019 Virgin London Marathon

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My story

[p][b]Why am I doing this?[/b][/p][p]It’s scary having to put your faith in another person or animal in order to guide you on your way – I should know because I'm sight impaired, having limited central vision in my left eye and hardly any vision at all in my right eye. [b]But it’s amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it! [/b][/p][p][b]So, I've set myself a challenge to run the London Marathon with my guide runner Corin, going from couch to marathon in just a year to raise money for the guide dogs! [/b]You can read more about the amazing work of the guide dogs (and our journey below), but first a bit of a fund raising update.....[/p][p][b]25/4/19 - **Fund raising update - another new target set***[/b][/p][p]When we set out on this crazy journey to go from couch to marathon in a year we'd originally hoped to raise £2,000. We reached this target a while ago, so decided to up our fundraising target to £4,500, daring to hope that we might meet it. [b]Thanks to the amazing generosity of people like you we reached that on 23 April and so, with just a few days to go before the marathon, we've decided to up it again. [/b][/p][p]Every single penny we raise will help someone, like me, who is suffering with sight loss. [b]So far we've raised enough to name a guide dog and to contribute to its training! [/b] What's more, the dog will eventually go to someone in our local area - which is amazing! [b]Anything additional we raise now will enable support for visually impaired and blind people in our local area, [/b]so if you can, please give what you can and know that you are doing something amazing too - thank you! [/p][p][b]More about my fundraising journey and the amazing work of guide dogs...[/b][/p][p]Guide dogs for the blind do such important and amazing work allowing visually impaired and blind people the chance to lead independent lives. However, the cost of providing such an important service does not come cheap. For example, [b]it costs £5 per day to support each guide dogs working partnership and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £55,000[/b]. Those who are lucky enough to have a guide dog often say how it's changed their lives. Most have been virtually housebound for a very long time and describe having the guide dog as 'getting their lives back'. [/p][p]I can’t stress enough how important being independent is to someone with sight loss. That’s part of the reason why I started running. After a set-back with my vision my mental health was taking a bashing and I was starting to feel less and less independent. With the help of a local charity I found the most amazing guide runner called Corin and even though I need to run with a guide I can’t tell you the difference it’s made to my self-esteem and mental health. [/p][p]I knew after the first few weeks of running that I wanted to do more to raise awareness and hopefully raise some money for those with sight loss and what better way to do that than through the Virgin London Marathon. So, I spoke to Corin to make sure he was on board and then I wrote to the Guide Dog's events team who offered us a place straight away![/p][p][b]So, myself and Corin, who will run as my guide, are going to run the Virgin Marathon 2019. And what's more, I will have gone from couch to marathon in just one year! It won't be easy, as I often suffer from motion sickness when running, but I know I'll do it. [/b][/p][p]Luckily I'm not at the stage yet where I need a guide dog, but it is more than likely that it will come at some point in the future and I hope when it does the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be able to provide me with the support I'll need.[/p][p][b]Until then, dig deep folks, let’s see if we can change someone else’s life by providing the support they need with a guide dog, or general support through the guide dog volunteers (who also help people with sight loss who don't have a guide dog get out and about). We will really appreciate every single donation no matter what the amount - and of course your support![/b][/p][p][b]Update 28 October 2018[/b][/p][p]Corin and I completed our very first half marathon in Rugby! It was tough but amazing. [/p][p][b]Update December 2018[/b][/p][p]It takes a team and a lot of dedication to help a visually impaired person prepare for a challenge this huge and I'd be totally lost without Corin. Since my last update, unfortunately Corin sustained an injury and although he will be healed in plenty of time for the marathon, he has had to take a break from some of the long runs. But fear not, my fantastic local running community stepped in to help. And so, I've also started running regularly with other guides so that I can get my long runs in. This has really helped me increase my confidence and has also introduced many others into the wonderful world of guiding - I'll be forever grateful to everyone who has helped me on this journey! Luckily [/p][p][b]Update 17 March 2019 - Corin and I competed in our very first 20 mile race in Nottingham. [/b][/p][p]What an amazing experience that was! I can't believe what a difference a few months has made to my training. I'm not saying it was easy - indeed the last few miles were tough (and OMG the blisters)![/p][p][img][/img][/p]
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Jun 10, 2019


£68.75 plus £17.19 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2019


Money (£30.30 from Paul Brookes and £10 from Jan Woolley) - thank you!


May 13, 2019


Well done Lizzie - you are amazing!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019


Well done Lizzie, what a great achievement!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 6, 2019


For an amazing cause.

May 3, 2019

Jane D at work

Well done Lizzie - an absolutely brilliant achievement!

May 2, 2019

Will, Julie and Bryn

Lizzie this is our Memory Mile Money. What a massive achievement for you.

£78.60 plus £19.65 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Becky Learoyd

Well done Lizzie. What a fantastic achievement. I am so so proud of you!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Martin McKeown

Great effort Lizzie. And a great cause too.

May 1, 2019

Jane dukes