Ryan Jones runs for ELVis in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon

Hello to all our lovely readers. Winter has truly arrived with the wind and rain. The question on everyone’s mind is, will it snow this winter? This week I’d like to tell you more about our new venture of having a runner for the 2016 London Marathon, which Hassan mentioned in his last blog entry.

We are joining in on the fun of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, with Ryan Jones as our runner

Earlier this year we successfully secured a place for the 2016 Virgin London Marathon! We are pleased to announce that Ryan Jones is the lucky athlete who has been chosen to run for us with his guide runner Tim Hampton. Ryan has won numerous accolades as a sportsman; he has represented the England Blind cricket team at the 2014 blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa and continues to play for the Metro blind cricket team. He is an avid runner and can often be seen pounding the streets of Bermondsey.

In his first Marathon Ryan achieved the immaculate time of 4 hours 28 minutes. However, the high-achieving Jones tells us that he would like to smash that target.

We caught up with Ryan, who said: “Being vision impaired I am aware of many of the challenges face by blind and partially sighted people, such as going to buy the weekly shop at the supermarket. I have chosen to run for ELVis because I know the difference support can make in improving independence for blind and partially sighted people. Having run a marathon 2 years ago, I feel like I can use that experience to achieve a better time. I will train hard, however in order for me to complete such a challenge, your support will be vital, so anything you can donate would be gratefully appreciated!”

Tim, aged 24, who works for Westminster City Council is an enthusiastic runner and will be Ryan’s guide on the day. Whilst Tim has only completed a half marathon and a few smaller charity runs, he informs us that he is raring for opportunity to test his mettle on the streets of London. When talking to Tim about the challenge ahead he said: “Running such a well-known marathon is an exciting prospect for me and knowing I’m supporting a really deserving charity motivates me to pull on my running shoes and brave the cold to train. It’ll be a significant personal challenge and test of character but I feel privileged to be doing my part for ELVis at the London Marathon and I hope with your support we can have a real positive impact on partially sighted and blind people.” Please support Tim by donating to his My Donate page.

Tim (Left) and Ryan(Right) before training

We are fortunate to be able to offer Both Ryan and Tim with pre-marathon training from Jeffrey Darko, manager of Physique Trans4mers. Jeffrey has trained professional cricket players and aided football coaching for under 21’s for local teams. So we know the boys are in safe hands for training and extremely grateful to Jeffrey. Jeffrey said: “I’ve been a personal trainer for several years now, but being approached to train a marathon runner is an exciting and challenging opportunity. I am determined to help Ryan and Tim achieve their personal best, while making sure they suffer no injuries during training sessions and on the big day. Helping a charity such as ELVis who raise much needed awareness for blind and partially sighted people is a matter that is close to my heart, making the work I am doing with the boys that extra bit special and personal.”

Remember the more money we raise, the more people living with sight loss we can help. Every penny we raise goes towards improving the quality of life of Vision impaired people, so any donation will be appreciated. Please donate to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page.

Your support could help us achieve a range of things such as:

  • £2.50 giving a Vision Impaired person the opportunity to attend a Tennis session and increase their physical and social well-being
  • £3.00 enabling a Vision Impaired person to attend a monthly breakfast club and meet new people
  • £9.00 allowing us to give an audible ball to a school for use by a Vision Impaired child, meaning that they can play alongside their sighted peers
  • £12.00 helping a Vision Impaired person to participate in a 6 week cookery course and learn a new skill
  • £17.50 providing a Vision Impaired person with the opportunity to join in on a social outing tailored to their needs
  • £25.00 meaning we can provide technology advice to a group of blind and partially sighted people for an hour, improving their ability to communicate.

colin and volunteer doing assault course 3

We have set ourselves an ambitious target to raise at least £2,500 and to help us get there we are hugely grateful to our sole runner Ryan Jones – who, being blind himself, is running with the assistance of Tim Hampton his guide runner during the event. You can help us smash our target by either donating to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page or Tim’s My Donate page.

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with Ryan and Tim’s journey to the finish line!

You can also follow Ryan’s progress over at his personal twitter account: www.twitter.com/RAJURyan93

For further information on what Physique Trans4mers do, why not visit: www.physiquetrans4mers.com

We would be extremely grateful if you could help us spread the word to family, friends, colleagues and anyone else who will listen!! 

Thank you for reading and we hope you will make a contribution to our work to make a difference to blind and partially sighted people across east London.

Catch you all in 2016! It is probably far too early to say it, but I’m going to anyway, Happy Holidays to all over the Xmas break!:)


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East London Vision (ELVis) is the subgroup for the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames: • Barking and Dagenham • City and Hackney • Havering • Newham • Redbridge • Tower Hamlets • Waltham Forest. ELVis is designed to provide an effective and efficient way of ensuring that vision impaired people living in East London get the support and services they need. It is an umbrella organisation with voluntary sector, user led representation in each of the east London boroughs. Our vision is that everyone living in East London experiencing, or at risk of, any form of sight loss, receives a high quality service relevant to their need and at a time appropriate for themselves. Our aim is to enhance & link vision impaired services and organisations throughout East London, improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people and increasing individual independence.

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