A VISUALLY impaired runner from Redditch will be taking on the London Marathon - with the help of an Alcester resident.

Lizzie Tovey, who is visually impaired, is in the final stages of her London marathon training.

However, because of her condition she has to train, and run, with a guide runner.

Lizzie, who started running because her mental health was in decline, said: "When I started my running journey I couldn't even run for 30 seconds and its been a huge challenge every step of the way.

"I suffer from motion sickness whilst running, am often dizzy and, although I do have some vision in my left eye, I can only see what's right in-front of me, so having a guide to run with is essential.

"I decided on running, but it took me over a year to find a guide runner and I almost gave up looking."

Luckily the Redditch branch of Worcestershire Sight concern stepped in and put her in touch with Corin Elliott, who as well as being a registered guide runner, also organises Run Alcester - a free local running club.

Lizzie said: "Running with a guide requires complete trust and is a real partnership - we've now become firm friends and we can't wait to take on the challenge of the London Marathon together.

"Training has also required a massive commitment, we have trained hard, many people have helped support and guide me during training runs and I've been totally blown away at how friendly and inclusive our local running community is."

The pair will be taking on the London Marathon on April 28 raising money for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

To date, they have raised nearly £4,000 but hope to raise even more.

Lizzie added: "The majority of the money will be spent locally helping visually impaired people and if we can get to £4,500 we will have raised enough to sponsor a dog locally.

"Guide Dogs For The Blind do such important and amazing work allowing visually impaired and blind people the chance to lead independent lives.

"However, the cost of providing such an important service does not come cheap."

For more or to help, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RunLizzieRun.