By Lorraine Gibson.
Runners wearing race bibs bearing the message ‘In memory of David Edwards’ took part in Wimborne’s annual 10-mile road race to raise money for their late friend’s favourite charity.
They joined more than 400 runners at Pamphill Green on Sunday, November 20, for what was the final event of the year in the Dorset Road Race League, where many were raising funds for various other charities including Julia’s House.
David Edwards lost his sight 30 years ago but despite his disability he was a veteran of more than 200 park runs, competing in events such as The Virtual London Marathon and Great South Run with his guides John Baker and Cliffe Tribe.
David was an avid campaigner for the charity Guide Dogs, so to honour him and carry his legacy forward Cliffe completed the race with a blindfold guided by his companion John – raising more than £3000 for the charity in the process.
In near perfect conditions, Harry Lauste of Tremlow Track Club won the race in a time of 52min 33sec followed by Christopher Peck (54min 18sec) and Jonathon Cooper (56min 56sec), both from Egdon Heath Harriers.
The first woman was Vicky Ingham, from Poole Runners, in a time of 59min 35sec followed by Georgina Povall (1hr 1min 40sec) from Egdon Heath Harriers and Helen O’Neile (1hr 3min 1sec) from Poole Runners.