It is hard enough navigating your way around London at the best of times. Now imagine navigating the streets blindfolded. While participating in a 5k run. With 6,499 other people. Well, that's what a bunch of celebrities are doing in aid of a blindness charity.
British adventurer and DIY surgeon, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be joined by F1 reporter Natalie Pinkham, former England spinner Darren Gough, Corrie actor Oliver Mellor and Sky Sports presenter Sarah Jane-Mee in running the Standard Chartered City Race on Thursday evening.
The route starts at the Honourable Artillery Company Ground on City Road and takes in much of the Square Mile before finishing back where it started.
They are running in aid of the charity Seeing is Believing, a global initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness. So far it has helped over 28 million people giving more than 2.78 million people their sight back.
Sir Ranulph, who is also a patron of the charity, said: “I’m passionate about supporting Seeing is Believing. The statistics around avoidable blindness are shocking — every 5 seconds someone goes blind and 80% of blindness is avoidable. I take my hat off to the group who have chosen to run through the streets of London blindfolded. That’s certainly a challenge with a difference! I look forward to playing my part by being there on the night to start the race.”
Other runners in the race include former Liverpool FC players Phil Neal, John Aldridge and Dave Johnson, Team GB Paralympic hopeful Jack Roughan and five-times Paralympic running gold medallist Noel Thatcher MBE.
Race applications are closed, but donations are welcome with every dollar raised for the charity being matched by Standard Chartered bank. To donate, visit http://seeingisbelieving.org/support-us/sponsor-a-fundraiser/standard-chartered-great-city-race-2012