Medical writer, Dorinda Xavier, battled through a storm to complete the Great South Run on Sunday 27th October in aid of ORBIS.
The weekend of the event coincided with what was predicated to be the worst weather Britain had seen for a decade.
Whilst the south of England was gearing up to be battered by gale force winds and an angry storm at any moment, Dorinda bravely ignored the menacing grey sky and took to the starting line to run the route lined with views of the Portsmouth dockyard, Spinnaker tower, university buildings and the coast.
Luckily for the participants, the run had a friendly and upbeat atmosphere in spite of the impeding weather and the course was lined with local people and bands to support the runners on their race to the finish line.
Dorinda said: "I was happy running and heading for a personal best but everything changed when we hit the eight mile mark. For the last two miles the conditions changed to something sinister, with the gale force winds due to hit the country and hitting us first and it became near impossible to run!
"I remember a few people saying supportive things to me, but the wind was so loud it was difficult to hear, let alone run! I think it may have been the Great South Run team handing out gummy bears for the final mile that provided that last bit of drive we desperately needed."
Dorinda read later that the weather had been the worst the run had ever seen, however this hasn’t prevented both her and her fiancé signing up for next year’s race, which will hopefully be in less blustery conditions.
Dorinda is hoping to raise £1000 for ORBIS. Having reached a fantastic sum of £470 so far for those suffering from preventable blindness, Dorinda is keen to help as many people as possible through her fundraising efforts. Make a donation and change someone’s life at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KDXruns4eyes
Get involved with ORBIS fundraising events: www.orbis.org.uk/fundraising