North Wales MS takes on RNIB Marathon Mates challenge

North Wales MS Mark Isherwood is taking on a challenge as part of Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) UK-wide Marathon Mates fundraising event.

Throughout September, Mr Isherwood and his Researcher Toby will pair up and split a marathon distance (26.2 miles) between them.

Mr Isherwood, a keen supporter of the work of RNIB Cymru, said: “A number of fundraising events have been cancelled this year and lots of charities are struggling financially at the moment. RNIB Cymru do great work supporting the 121,000 people living with sight loss in Wales to challenge inequalities and live independently.

“As a member of the Senedd’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Disability, I’m pleased to be able to do my bit to help, whilst getting a bit fitter and enjoying the beautiful Flintshire countryside.”

RNIB Cymru Director Ansley Workman said: “Its brilliant to have Mark and Toby join the RNIB team for this one of a kind challenge.

“I’d encourage anyone who’d like to take part to sign up and give it a go. It’s completely unique and inclusive to all abilities, so anyone can take part.”

“You can run with a partner, housemate or a sibling, or virtually pair up with someone on the other side of the country. The marathon distance can be split however you like – go equals at 13.1 miles each or find a split that works for you both.

“All the money you raise will support blind and partially sighted people across Wales and the UK, helping RNIB provide practical and emotional support to anyone affected by sight loss, as well as supporting us to create a world without barriers and campaign for change.”

For more information or to sign up, visit:

If you’d like to support Mark and Toby, please visit their JustGiving page:

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