5km run to fight blindness - Chiddingly to East Hoathly

The start of the race, opposite the Six Bells pub, in Chiddingly. Photo by Justin Wood.
The start of the race, opposite the Six Bells pub, in Chiddingly. Photo by Justin Wood.

RUNNERS helped fight inherited blindness by completing a 5km run.

The charity event took place between Chiddingly and East Hoathly on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29.

They were raising money for the charity RP Fighting Blindness by participating in the annual King’s Head Canter 5k race.

Team ‘Canter for Sight’ is assembled each year by David Bradford, a 29-year-old journalist from Lewes, who is losing his sight as a result of the inherited condition retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This year’s event involved a raffle with 19 prizes including £100 cash and a hot-air balloon flight. The run and raffle combined raised more than £2,000. 

In the 5k race, which was won by Ross Jones in 15mins 43secs, Bradford led his team home, finishing fourth overall in a time of 16’22s, ahead of team-mates Scott Nicholson (11th, 18’34s) and Tim Calliafas (13th, 18’44s).

The other team members, in finishing order, were: Andy Masters, Simon Bomford, Mike Scholes, Andrew Chitty, David Foster, Chris Catchpole, Karin Divall, Peter Miller, John Lowden, James Shrubsall, Debbie Day, John Coleman, Andy Hoskins, Pete Hughes, Ian Housden, Esther Watts, Matt Oades, Hannah Holden, Stephanie Crespin, Stefanie Fuller, Fraser Addecott, Callum Tomsett, Richard Hall, Peter Masters, Derri Dunn, Martin Wicker, Lainey Thomas, Simon Thomas.      

You can donate to the Canter for Sight appeal at www.justgiving.com/canterforsight11.

Raffle prizes were generously supplied by local companies including the British School of Ballooning, Harveys Brewery, Neil Gower (graphic artist), the Snowdrop Inn, the Grand Hotel (Brighton) and the King’s Head (Horsebridge).