Brave runner ready for Caerphilly 10k deaf-blind challenge

BRAVE RUNNER: Laura Lees will take part in the Caerphilly 10k with only pinpoint vision and minimal hearing

BRAVE RUNNER: Laura Lees will take part in the Caerphilly 10k with only pinpoint vision and minimal hearing

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A BEDWAS runner is aiming to take on the Caerphilly 10k with only pinpoint, or non-peripheral, vision and minimal hearing to raise awareness of deaf-blindness.

Laura Lees, who works for Deafblind Cymru, will be taking part in the annual race on Sunday, June 22, with no guide.

Ms Lees will be wearing glasses that replicate an eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa and ear defenders to replicate being hard of hearing as she tackles the Caerphilly 10k route, to raise awareness and money for the charity.

After completing the inaugural Caerphilly 10k last year in an impressive 58 minutes, the 33-year-old is hoping her knowledge of the route will help her along the way.

She said: “I work with people with combined sight and hearing loss on a daily basis.

“I can see the challenges they face throughout their everyday lives and how just trying to do the simplest of tasks can be a struggle.”

Ms Lees said she would not be trying to beat her time from last year, adding: “Just finishing for me will be the achievement I want.”

Ms Lees has set up a website for donations – visit virginmoneygiving.com/LauraLees1

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