When it comes to running Marathons there will always be challenges outside of just getting to the finishing line; from finding the time amongst a busy life to train, preparing yourself mentally and trying your best to not to over-do it in the weeks leading up to the big day, to name just a few.

Our returning Marathon runner Adam Dyson is facing such a challenge this year, but just like his mammoth series of runs (3 Ultra’s and a Marathon last year!) he is determined to meet it head on.

Adam in his LOOK running vest giving a thumbs up on a mountain run.

Initially set to be a guide runner, Adam’s running partner suffered an injury and had to defer her place until next year, leaving Adam with months of training under his belt with no real end-goal. Being one of the most passionate runners we’ve ever had on our team, we were sad to hear the news that we wouldn’t be cheering him on in London come April and we no longer had a full team representing us on the big day.

Adam, however, had other plans.

Graciously offering to join us as a solo runner, he filled our empty space and closed the gap on our then almost-full team. After a quick scramble to set up a fundraising page and start spreading the word, Adam is now officially running the TCS London Marathon for LOOK UK a second time!

Adam with his family and dog.

Of course, starting later in the game means less time to meet his fundraising target, so we’re stepping in to ask our LOOK family to help support Adam to reach his goals!

Aside from being a true gentleman, family man and diligent athlete, Adam has kindly sacrificed his time to run guide-running sessions with us at Hereford racecourse, where he has taught us the intricacies of guide running, passed on his experience and inspired children with visual impairments to get out there and try their hand at guide running, no matter their level of vision (or how chilly it is!).

Adam and VI children hold up a LOOK banner at Hereford racecourse following a guide running session.

He’s also been an amazing person to have on the LOOK running team, always happy to share what he’s learnt over the years as a veteran marathon runner and posting words of wisdom in the group chat.

If you have the means, please consider helping Adam reach his fundraising target using the link below and just like the man himself, help us support visually impaired young people to thrive!

Newspaper clipping from the Hereford Times featuring a photo of Adam and Emma celebrating after the 2023 London Marathon.