Dad leads the way as running duo raise funds to help children with sight issues

John and Tom Skelton
John and Tom Skelton

A father and son team have raised funds to help children after completing the Royal Parks Half Marathon - an achievement particularly as one of them is registered blind.

John Skelton, 66, and son Tom, 30, have together raised £2,255.74 for the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and finished the course in 1hr 39min. Tom is registered blind so his dad guided him through the course.

Blindfold Run

Blindfold Run

John, a book publisher from Great Linford, started running when he was 50 and has been racing up to three half marathons each year since.

John said: “Tom had the idea that we should run the Royal Parks Half Marathon together. He thought we would enjoy the experience and he wanted us both to run for RSBC, a charity who support children, young people and their families in England and Wales.”

Tom lost most of his sight when he was 21, as a result of a rare inherited condition called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. He is now severely sight-impaired and registered blind, having about 5% sight and only peripheral vision.