Deaf-blind runner completes Great West Run
A deaf-blind Exmouth teenager has completed the Great West Run
Ruairi Corr, 17, was the only blind runner to take part in the race and completed the 13.1 mile course in two hours 49 minutes.
The teenager, who was guided around the course by family friend Susanne Antenreich, took on the challenge to raise money for the charity Medic Malawi.
For Ruairi, who lives in Betjeman Drive, completing the Great West Run was only the latest in a remarkable series of achievements.
Previously, Ruairi and his family climbed Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon - the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.
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And, in 2009, Ruairi cycled 17 miles on a tandem to raise money for the West of England School and College for young people with little or no sight, which he attends.
According to his mother, Deirdre, Ruairi’s achievements reflect his determination not to let his disability hold him back.
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Deirdre said: “Ruairi was fully sighted until he was six and a half, so he’s very aware of what he can and can’t do.
“He’s always looking for new challenges - he’s even expressed an interest in doing a full marathon.”
Ruairi was introduced to Medic Malawi by his sister, Aisling, who did voluntary work in the country.
Deirdre says the charity’s work with a blind man was a big factor in Ruairi’s decision to run for them.
“Ruairi was quite moved by that man because the Malawi government don’t give him any support - and Ruairi got so much support in this country.”
So far, Ruairi has raised over �800, and he is planning to visit St Peter’s School, which his sister attends and where he previously spoke at an assembly, because he wants to reach his personal target of �1,000.
Ruairi has also been raising money through his Just Giving page and he is still accepting further donations.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Ruair-237-Corr.