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A BLIND runner is ready to take on the New York Marathon with a mixture of nerves and excitement this weekend. 
 
 

Miles Hilton-Barber, 64, lost his sight more than 27 years ago.

He is running the tough challenge alongside his sighted guide and personal trainer, Phil Wigley, who will act as Miles' eyes for the event.

Miles is hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity Seeing Is Believing.

Miles, from Duffield, works across the world as a motivational speaker for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and is now getting ready for the big day on Sunday.

Miles's fund-raising goal is £10,000, which would be enough for cataract operations for hundreds of children.

He said: "These operations only cost £20 and they can give children the gift of sight. It is a topic that is definitely close to my heart.

"When I'm running just past my 18th mile, it's these sort of thoughts and the reasoning behind it that keeps me going.

"I feel very encouraged for the marathon but also, at the same time, quite nervous."

The pair flew from Heathrow Airport last night for the marathon.

The charity Seeing Is Believing aims to tackle avoidable blindness and works in partnership with leading eye care organisations.

Miles and Phil will make an appearance at Central Park for the event's opening ceremony, at which they will hold a Union Flag with pride.

Miles said: "The whole event is a huge honour but to wave the flag is very special.

"I believe the biggest gift we can give our own bodies is exercise and wellbeing – plus think of how much money people could raise for charities if more people did the same.

"The only limits in life are those we accept ourselves. Every day is a gift that many people don't unwrap."

His other adventures include becoming the first blind pilot to fly a jet fighter and flying a microlight from London to Sydney. He has also taken part in an 11-day run across China and a 150-mile Sahara Desert trek.

To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/ mileshilton-barber.
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A BLIND runner is gearing up to take part in the gruelling New York Marathon to help give the gift of sight to children born in developing countries.

Miles Hilton-Barber, of Ferrers Crescent, Duffield, lost his sight more than 27 years ago but has remained a daredevil.

He became the first blind pilot to fly a jet fighter and to fly a microlight from London to Sydney and he has also taken part in an 11-day run across China and a 150-mile trek across the Sahara Desert.

The 64-year-old, who works across the world as a motivational speaker for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, is now getting ready for his next challenge on November 3.

He has been in training with his sighted guide and personal trainer, Phil Wigley, who will act as Miles's eyes on the 26.2-mile course.

Miles will be raising money to pay for children born blind in the developing world to have cataract operations.

He said: "These operations only cost £20 and they can give children the gift of sight. It is a topic that is definitely close to my heart.

"I believe the biggest gift we can give our own bodies is exercise and wellbeing – plus think of how much money people could raise for charities if more people did the same.

"The only limits in life are those we accept ourselves. Every day is a gift that many people don't unwrap."

Although Miles has completed many challenges in the past, his training hasn't gone as smoothly as he had hoped, with his demanding travel schedule and strained ligaments in his knee hampering his efforts.

But he said: "I am a little nervous because of this but, either way, it's a cheaper way to visit New York than a bus tour. I love that Phil is my guide for the marathon, it is my way of getting my own back on him for torturing me through my training."

Mr Wigley, 34, of Derby Road, Stanton-by-Bridge, said: "When he asked me to be his guide, I felt very honoured. The guy is a legend."

Phil is also finding the training gruelling as this will be his first marathon.

He said: "It will be difficult to navigate and separate Miles from the crowd and we may come across difficulties with him hearing me.

"Whether it takes six hours or not, I'm sure we'll get through it, but it will definitely be mentally tough."

Phil believes that, because of the many endurance challenges Miles has completed in the past, he sees no reason why the marathon will not be achievable.

To sponsor Miles, go to seeisbelieving.org.



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How many Calories should I eat to lose weight?


People keep asking me this question so I thought I would answer it to all-

As a rule, for people wanting to lose weight we use 15-20% less than the guided level of 2500 per day. so 500 less.....However as long as you are eating clean this may alter and also depends on how active you are in your lifestyle, ie if you are sat at a desk all day you wont need as many! or if your a labourer you may need more! Remember to eat enough as long as it good clean food we are fine..... Don't get to het up on calorie counting as food guidlines are as they say a guideline. you must eat a good balanced diet! SIMPLE!

Before you ask I'm not a fan of the points sytem that various people use!


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The world's leading half marathon, the Great North Run, was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields; with entries reaching 57,000 people in 2014.

Last year the Great North Run took its place in history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher.

The event is broadcast on BBC and attracts a host of world-class athletes. Previous runners include some of the most famous names in distance running; Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.



2014 Great North run with Miles Hilton-Barber!