Ruth Davies

Vision Aid Overseas is close to my heart as an optometrist and spectacle wearer. 

Providing spectacles enables millions of people to lead a normal life - to work, study, read and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Funds raised will mean more people have access to the eye care and life changing glasses they need, and that volunteers can go to Africa to share their skills to enable the local people to carry out the work themselves.

My updates:

31st March 

I’ve now decided to run my “Informal Marathon” this next Sunday as the weather looks reasonable and I’m concerned that restrictions may be increased at the next review of the lockdown. I was due to run my longest run this Sunday so I’ll take it quietly this week and run steadily on Sunday. I aim to start at 06.00 as there aren’t many crowds at that time of day.

I’m hopeful that a few of my work colleagues and local friends can still stand singly or in twos (suitably distanced) on the occasional corner and cheer. Sadly no gathering to celebrate afterwards.

Thanks, as ever, for your support in so many ways.

1st April

I have decided to run my "informal marathon" this Sunday (5th). It is through a nearby park/woods and then several circuits of local roads. Some friends and work colleagues are hoping to walk to watch and cheer and a neighbour is lined up to take the finishing photo.

29th March

From the news, I see I wasn’t the only one to think of running round the garden!! As Fagin would say “I’m reviewing the situation”.

26th March

Sadly the Olympics have now also been postponed – that hardly seemed possible 10 days ago. We’re now in lock down but I’m still keeping up with my training schedule and still hope to run my “informal marathon”. If we can’t leave our homes even for exercise, I have calculated I need to run round the garden 1205.7 times. As you can see, I have started preparing the course.

18th March

To those who have donated anonymously - thank you so much for your support. I can’t thank you in person as I don’t know who you are but I’m very grateful.

13th March

The postponement of the London Marathon was not unexpected as various other marathons had also been postponed. I had been thinking about it in advance and realised it is nothing compared with what it would be like for Olympic athletes if that were cancelled. And, of course, the welfare of millions worldwide is much more important – I can run another day.

However, as I’ve got this far with my training, I’m intending to run an “Informal marathon” on 26th April using loops of my usual training route but maybe avoiding the final nasty hill by coming round a different way. The loops past home will allow me to pick up water/energy drinks and “use a facility” if necessary. I’m hoping to find a few friends and relations to cheer me on at the occasional corner, confirm that I did it and possibly even to celebrate afterwards. All welcome. Photographic evidence to follow…

8th March

International Women’s Day - ideal conditions for a run:- bright but cool, spring flowers and birdsong. 27.24 kms is very nearly 17 miles. Thanks to everyone for their support.

16th February

It was a little damp today, but nothing like as bad as it has been in some areas, however I managed 10 miles (16.40 kilometres – kilometres clock up more quickly I find).

On 8th February

I attended a “Meet the Experts” session at Central Hall, Westminster. There was lots of useful information about training, nutrition and avoiding injury. There were also tips such as: practise with the energy drinks supplied, put your name on your running top and the first three miles are downhill so be especially careful not to set off too fast. They also assured us we couldn’t get lost on the course – I think I might be following a few others!

Ruth Davies