A team of two from Specsavers Frome took on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London on Sunday 14 October, raising more than £1,000 for Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

With no previous running experience, optician, Chole Plaxton and store manager, Mike Taylor signed up in February and started training. Despite Mike sustaining an injury in the summer which meant no running for four weeks, they completed the 13.1 mile course together in two hours and six minutes. 

A word from Mike

‘It was a very cold and wet day but once we started the rain stopped and we had a really good view of London from normally busy roads,’ said Mike. ‘We were over the moon to complete the race, especially given my injury. We also held a bake sale at both Frome and Warminster Specsavers stores to help boost the fundraising total and are very grateful to everyone that has supported us, helping to raise a fantastic £1,115 for RNIB.’

Store director Richard Goring could not take part, but instead gave a generous donation of £325.

The half marathon route

The Royal Parks Half Marathon route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

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