Mile End runners raise cash for blind charity

Runners get ready for the fun run

Runners get ready for the fun run - Credit: Archant

Runners raised £5000 on an bright night in Mile End as more than 200 people took part in a fun run fundraiser for blind people.

Participants were sprayed with neon glo-water and illuminated by UV lighting as they ran, danced and walked the 3km distance at the Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind and Partially Sighted People (RNIB).

Sophie Batchelor, RNIB area fundraising manager, said: “GLOW was a fantastic event that attracted people aged 10 years and older, all having the most brilliant time and raising much needed funds for RNIB.”

For one of the runners, Russell Bailey, the event, inspired by colourful parties held in Thailand, was his first outdoor running experience since losing his sight eight years ago.

He said: “The event had a really good atmosphere, it was exhilarating and great to have someone to run with.

“Good to know that all the money raised will go towards paying for the great work RNIB do.”

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