Watch Former Pupil Libby in an Inspirational TV Documentary

Posted: 10/11/2011 |

Former Royal Blind School pupil Libby Clegg has been featured in a BBC documentary called Running Blind, produced by Mallinson Sadler Productions. This inspiring documentary describes Libby’s dedication to running and follows her as she contends for a podium place at London 2012 Olympic Games.

Libby, who is originally from Newcastleton, has been hugely successful in the past, winning a silver medal at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. Despite her success Libby admits that coming to terms with her disability has been a tough race at times. Libby is affected by Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, a degenerative disease that her two brothers are also affected by. Libby says; “With me being the oldest in the family anyway, you have to be a good role model so they know they can do stuff as well.”

Depute Head Teacher Cari Mannion says; It’s wonderful because, unfortunately, if you have a visual impairment, your chances of getting a good job are minimal. For a young person to see a role model like Libby, to see her success, is, for them, inspirational.”

You can watch Running Blind on Tuesday 15th November 2011 on BBC Two Scotland at 9.00pm . If you are not in the BBC region for Scotland, but you do have Sky Television or a cable service, you may be able to view all of the regional BBC channels on the 800 – 899 range of the display guide.

If you are unable to watch this via your Freeview service, you will be able to watch the film once it becomes available on the iPlayer via

You can read an article on Libby’s experiences in the Erskdale & Liddesdale advertiser here