Monica Manzinni, working in advertising and based in North London, took part in Run to the Beat, London’s half marathon in which participants run to a soundtrack of motivational tunes along the course, in September to raise funds for IN-vision.
Monica exceeded her own expectations and finished in an impressive time – in just over 2 hours – despite the gruelling hill finish into Greenwich Park. The team at IN-vision were there to cheer her on at the 11-mile marker.
“I had a great run apart from a small bottleneck that added about 5 minutes to my time,” she said. “The atmosphere on the day was fantastic,” she added. “I wanted to run for IN-vision because my good friend’s son has nystagmus and watching her struggle to find the necessary support for him, especially in the early days, was so difficult. I needed a personal challenge and thought that running and raising money for a charity whose purpose is to help find ways to improve their lives was a way I could help them, and maybe other families like them, too.”
Monica raised over £300 for IN-vision and we now have enough funds to purchase a high quality eye-tracking system for use in southern England. “This equipment will not only enable the establishment of a dedicated paediatric eye-movement clinic in the South, but will also greatly enhance research,” said Liz Charter, Chair of IN-vision.
We are extremely grateful to Monica for all the hard work she put into training and running this half marathon to support us.