Royal Blind School pupil takes on Kilomathon race

Posted: 06/04/2018 | Education,

A teenager with vision impairment is preparing to take on a Kilomathon event to help raise money for his school.

Royal Blind School pupil Connor Simpson, aged 15, will take on the race at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on Sunday (8 April) with the help of his PE teacher.

Connor runs with the help of PE teacher David at the Royal Blind SchoolConnor, who was born without sight, is running to raise money for the school’s Courtyard Project fundraising appeal. The school, in Morningside, hopes to raise funds to transform four courtyards into sensory outdoor play and learning areas.

Connor smiles at the camera in a classroom at the Royal Blind SchoolConnor said: “I really enjoy running because it makes me feel free. I have been practising running in PE. I think I’m quite fast and I’m excited to do the race.

“When I heard about the Courtyards Project I decided I wanted to help. I have only been at the Royal Blind School for about a year. I really like it here, especially doing home economics and PE and I have made lots of friends.”

Connor will run in the Mini Kilomathon event, a 2.62km circuit. The teenager was inspired to take on the challenge after representing the Lothians at the Sportshall Athletics National Finals.

He will run using a ‘tether’ - a hooped piece of fabric that is worn around the arm of the visually impaired runner and their sighted guide, enabling them to run in a safe and enjoyable way.

Connor will run with his PE teacher, David Palencia. All of the money raised will go towards the Courtyards Project.

The aim of the project is to enable pupils to play, learn and enjoy the outdoors, encouraging them to interact with nature and be more active.

The four spaces will be transformed into; an active play area, sensory play area, kitchen garden and chill out zone for older pupils. So far Connor has raised £240.

Mr Palencia said: “Connor performed very well in the Sporthall Athletics National Finals, especially in the running events. He obviously really enjoyed the competition, and was very keen to take part in more races and running events so I suggested the Mini Kilomathon.

“I think it’s fantastic that Connor wants to raise some money towards the Courtyards Project. We’re all very proud of him.”

You can sponsor Connor by visiting: https://www.royalblind.org/donate/donate-to-a-project.