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Bromley man preparing to take on the London Marathon blindfolded

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:34 07 March 2016

Peter Knight (right) with Adrian Mackenzie, his guide runner.

Peter Knight (right) with Adrian Mackenzie, his guide runner.

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Peter Knight will be raising money for the RLSB

A 34-year-old Bromley man is set to take on the London Marathon next month with one slight difference.

Peter Knight will be running the 26 mile marathon blindfolded in aid of the Royal London Society for Blind People.

The magazine journalist was inspired to take on the challenge after he started volunteering for the RLSB, who support blind and partially sighted young people and their families across London and the south east.

Mr Knight said: “During the three years that I’ve volunteered for RLSB, I’ve seen shy and unsure youngsters grow into confident young adults.

“This is all down to the invaluable opportunities that the charity gives them, from social events, sporting activities and support with education and employment.”

Throughout the race, on April 24, he will be tethered to his friend Adrian Mackenzie, who will act as a guide for the pair.

Mr Knight admitted training with the 33-year-old was difficult.

He said: “It’s been a huge undertaking for both of us. Adrian has to stay alert, giving orders while physically exhausted. My main battle is with fear of falling or crashing into something.”

“In our first training session I could only manage 10 minutes at a time blindfolded. Innocent trees become terrifying looming shadows and a puddle feels like a vast swimming pool.”

Tim Todhunter, fundraising manager at RLSB said: “We are hugely grateful to Peter, Adrian and everyone who is taking part in our challenge events throughout the year. It’s fantastic that Peter’s experience of working with blind young people has motivated him to support us in this way.

“We will be rooting for him and hope that the local community will be inspired to support his fundraising as he enters the last phase of his training.”

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