Optician sets his sights on 130-mile running challenge

Ben Brewer will be setting off from the Square in Barnstaple on his epic 130-mile journey.

Ben Brewer will be setting off from the Square in Barnstaple on his epic 130-mile journey. - Credit: Archant

The 28-year-old is raising money for those disabled by sight problems in the developing world.

AN optician on a mission will be running the equivalent of five marathons in 24 hours in August to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Ben Brewer decided to take on the 130-mile challenge from Barnstaple to Bristol after discovering a new found love for long distance running.

The 28-year-old, who works at Shoresight opticians in Braunton, will be raising money for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), which provides optical clinics in the developing world to help those disabled by sight problems.

“I’ve never run in any official marathons before, but I started running last year and realised I loved it,” said Ben.

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“My brother Joe lives in Bristol and we were chatting when I came up with the idea of running to his house and raising money for VAO.

“As a dispensary optician, you realise how important sight is and in developing countries people can’t work or go to school simply because they need glasses.”

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Ben will set off from the Square in Barnstaple on August 18, and is aiming to arrive at his brother’s house 20-24 hours later.

“You can’t be nervous, you just have to focus on putting one foot in front of the other,” he said.

“I’m actually looking forward to spending that much time running; it can be almost meditative when you’re doing a long distance.”

Ben, who is also a well known musician in the area, is currently aiming to raise £500 but he is hoping he can inspire people’s imaginations and raise more.

He said: “I believe £5 can help VAO pay for an eye exam and a pair of glasses, so that will be 100 lives that are changed.”

To follow Ben’s training journey and for fundraising updates, visit www.justgiving.com/benonfoot or follow @ benonfoot on Twitter.

To donate online visit www.justgiving.com/benonfoot, or text ‘BRUN84 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5, or ‘BRUN84 £10’ to donate £10.

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