Post date: 
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

"I never expected to be diagnosed with sight loss, let along straight after graduating.

Matthew Rowcliffe and his brother Huw wearing RNIB running t-shirts and holding a Virgin London Marathon 2018 medal around their necks. A gold bar spans below the photo.

"I was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy in November 2015, but it took receiving my blood test results in January 2016 for me to accept that my sight loss was permanent. I always enjoyed running, and last summer I decided to join the gym and get back into it. After a few tough years, I needed something to set my mind to and a goal to work towards. That’s what made me decide to sign up for the 2018 London Marathon for RNIB. It was my first time running a Marathon, and I had my older brother Huw as my guide runner. It may have been the hottest London Marathon on record, but it was the best day of my life. It was an unforgettable feeling that will stay with me forever."

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