FIFTY runners dashed between two Sussex pubs on Bank Holiday Monday and raised £4,000 to help fight inherited blindness.
The Canter for Sight fundraising team took part in the annual King’s Head Canter, a 5k (3.1-mile) race from the Six Bells pub in Chiddingly to the King’s Head in East Hoathly – and celebrated with a free drink and a raffle at the finish.
The team was assembled by David Bradford, a 30-year-old journalist from Lewes, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye condition, in 2006.
RP leads to a gradual loss of peripheral vision and is the commonest cause of blindness among working-age people in the developed world.
All of the proceeds from Canter for Sight are donated to RP Fighting Blindness, an organisation that supports people with the condition and funds medical research into finding a cure.
Earlier this year, the charity successfully nominated David to carry the Olympic torch for part of its journey through Sussex.
Phoenix AC’s Josh Guilmant took the overall race win, in a swift time of 15:41, before the Canter for Sight team was led home by its captain David, in 16:23, taking fourth place.
The team’s next finisher was David’s brother Matt, in 17:10 (eighth place overall), followed by 56-year-old John Lowden, in 18:11 (12th place), who deservedly won the top ‘age-graded’ award.
The team’s other finishers were Alan Velecky (18:21, 13th); Tim Calliafas (18:26, 14th); Pablo Ibarguren (18:30, 15th); Simon Bomford (19:00, 20th); Matthew Button (19:12; 21st); Andrew Masters (19:17, 22nd); Allan Jackson (19:31, 28th); Simon Thomas (19:40, 30th); Mat Homewood (19:54, 34th); Sam Rogers (20:00, 36th); Simon Smythe (20:08, 38th); Dave Leach (20:25, 45th); Tim Monson (20:41, 49th); Andrew Chitty (21:06, 56th); Andy Hoskins (21:28, 60th); David Foster (21:30, 62nd), Matt Oades (21:39, 64th); Ben Smith (21:42, 65th); Mike Scholes (22:22, 74th); Kevin Sharpe (22:28, 75th); Julian Parkin (22:39, 81st); Karin Divall (22:58, 86th); Feras Alkabani (23:09, 91st); Sam Jackson (23:14, 93rd); Alex Monson (23:35, 106th); Peter Hughes (23:50, 108th); Esther Watts (23:58, 109th); John Coleman (24:12, 114th); Evie Rothwell (24:23, 117th); Mike Lane (24:29, 120th); Peter Miller (24:38, 125th); Rob Mortimer (25:15, 133rd); Andrea Ingram (25:26, 138th); Debbie Day (25:28, 141th); Stephanie Crespin (26:02, 146th); Chris White (26:52, 165th); Ben Clear (26:59, 168th); Callum Tomsett (27:07, 172nd); Lisa Jackson (27:33, 179th); Jess Bradford (27:46, 181st); Martin Wicker (28:02, 186th); Sophie Bray (28:49, 195th); Doug Lindsay (30:07, 207th); Kelly Tomsett (30:31, 209th); Sam Monson (32:21, 219th); Peter Masters (32:23, 220th); and Pauline Keep (32:51, 228th).
The Canter for Sight fundraising raffle awarded £100s’ worth of prizes, many of them donated by local businesses including Glyndebourne, The Snowdrop Inn, Famiglia Lazzati, Harveys Brewery, Symposium wine merchant, Dark Star Brewery, Ridgeview Vineyard, LF Tookey & Son monumental masons, Neil Gower (graphic artist), Brighton Dome, Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne Theatres, Brighton Theatre Royal and Hair by Us.
For more information about Canter for Sight or to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/canterforsight12