Blind Ongar physio Mike Coynes raises £7.7k in London Marathon
A BLIND runner has raised £7,700 for a children's charity after running the London Marathon for the first time.
Mike Conyers, who is a physiotherapist at the Crushes Manor Clinic in Ongar Road, Brentwood, entered the global event in aid of SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).
Mr Conyers, who has been a member of Brentwood Rotary Club for 22 years, was joined around the course by race guide Steve Rich, who helped him negotiate the thousands of runners.
Mr Conyers, who had already run the Brentwood Half Marathon four times and the Great North Run twice, wanted to thank everyone who had supported him.
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He added: "I want to thank Steve for his encouragement, his mentoring and his guiding. It was a new challenge for him because he hadn't guided anyone before but we got on very well and had a lot of banter and fun."
Mr Conyers, who even had a beer named after him by Brentwood Brewing Company, said his next challenge was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which could be as early as August.