A British runner sets a Guinness World Record after running a mile in 10 minutes and 11 seconds while wearing a blindfold.
The 37-year-old from Hereford, England named Ashley Winter received the certificate last February to confirm his Guinness record for the fastest mile blindfolded (male).
Aside from being a runner, he is also a welfare officer for the Defence Medical Welfare Service for 14 years.
Mr. Winter has been diagnosed with a vision-impairing eye disease called keratoconus since 2010.
Nonetheless, the runner does not want his impairment to stop him doing his passion for adventure and participating in challenge events.
Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye when the cornea thins out and bulges like a cone. The changing shape of the cornea brings light rays out of focus, resulting in either a blurry or distorted vision.
Doctors said people with this disorder inherited it from their parents. Symptoms of Keratoconus can be eye allergies, excessive eye rubbing, and connective tissue disorder.
Mr. Winter said the money he will get from Guinness is for the charity Fight for Sight.
“By raising money for Fight for Sight I hope to help find the next breakthrough in treating sight loss conditions like keratoconus,” he said in an interview.
Ikram Dahman, Director of fundraising of Fight for Sight, wholeheartedly congratulated Mr. Winter and thanked him for raising money to conduct eye research.
He said these efforts have been underfunded even before the pandemic. The runner’s support will raise awareness around the world regarding the charity’s endeavors.