Our Bright for Sight Night Run took place this year on Saturday 15th September along Boscombe Seafront, sponsored by Parley Optometrists. 120 runners took on the 5k or 10k challenge, making this years event the biggest in the charity’s history, successfully raising just under £3500!
The event was kick started with a Clubbercise warm up by Emma Crow, getting the runners raring to go before setting off on their 5k or 10k run. The popular ‘Bright for Sight’ theme saw participants don their neon clothing, glow sticks, glow paint, fabulous tutus and colourful fairy lights, lighting up the seafront as they went. At the finish line, all participants received a goody bag, bright for sight medal and certificate, with thanks to, Urban Reef; Waves; Better Gym Bournemouth; Tesco Branksome; Parley Optometrists and ZumbaFitnessEmma for their kind donations.
Stromatic Dance group, based in Weymouth, joined the 5k run to support their visually impaired dance partner, collectively raising £367 for the charity.
Fran Randall says: “Stromatic Dance is a site specific physical theatre dance company for young people aged 13 – 21 years. We decided to do the run as one of our dancers is registered blind and we wanted to support him. I have been training myself to be his guide as he enjoyed running before losing his sight and asked if I would mind running with him. We are planning to develop this further. We all really enjoyed getting neoned up and running in the dark and had a fantastic evening. It was made better that Luke O’Dowd who is registered blind, myself and Tom Mutter were the first back on the 5K!”
We are extremely pleased with the huge success of the event and would like to thank everybody that attended! Our ‘Bright for Sight’ theme returns on World Sight Day on 11th October as we encourage schools, businesses and anybody that would like to get involved to ‘Wear Bright for Sight’. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Gareth at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01202 712864.
Check out our Facebook page for all the photographs from the night.