8th October 2023 - 31st December 2023
Peter Ryan started on October 8th when he ran
from Malin Head in County Donegal to Ireland’s most southerly point at Mizen
Head in County Cork.
The challenge took place over five
days, with the longest leg seeing Peter run the equivalent of over three
marathons in just one day. The
mammoth feat of endurance fittingly ended on World Sight Day 2023 (Oct 12).
Funds raised from the 586km challenge will
be donated to Vision Ireland to aid the development
of the country’s first mobile unit, the Vision Van.
The Vision Van will travel to 150 locations nationwide, providing information, awareness and support services for sight loss and common eye conditions free at the point of delivery.
After being diagnosed with a rare genetic
condition called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy at the age of 19, Peter
worked through the challenges of his vision loss by channelling his
passion and love of sport.
He excelled at cycling, representing
Ireland at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 and becoming the first Paralympian
to complete the Race Around Ireland in just 122 hours, but now he has turned
his focus to ultra-endurance running.
Peter said, “When I began losing my sight
at 19, I needed to find a new purpose and sport was it. I love pushing my body
to the limit and this challenge, running from Malin to Mizen in just five days,
has become my next big focus.
“I received huge support from Vision Ireland upon my diagnosis which has enabled me to learn a new way of living. I am taking on this challenge as a way of giving back to the charity, raising awareness about vision loss and impairment and to challenge the stigma that is associated with disability. With the support of Vision Ireland, I have achieved great things, I advanced my sporting career and became a Paralympian - the first to complete the Race around Ireland.
“By undertaking this ultra-endurance challenge in October, I
hope to raise as much money as I can for the NCBI to continue the fantastic
work they do, empowering people with blindness and vision impairment to
maintain their independence and live their lives as I do. My training for the
run has been going well, and it keeps me motivated that I can hopefully make a
great contribution towards the development of Ireland’s first mobile eye health
We’ll done Peter, a great effort for a great cause. James
Well done Peter you are one in a million 👏
Brilliant idea, well done to you
Congratulations peter on the great achievement.
Congratulations Peter, done achievement! Not as difficult as guiding you to the jacks at P2N but still... well done!
About NCBI is the national organisation working for people with sight loss. We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation, providing support and services nationwide to people experiencing sight loss. Mission Our mission is to enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society. Description NCBI currently provides support and services to over 16,000 people nationwide. Only about 5% of those using our ser