Cam Sight enters blind runners for Chariots of Fire race

Cam Sight are entering a team of blind and sighted runners for Chariots of Fire, 2012. The team have named themselves the ‘Cam Sight Centurions’ to celebrate Cam Sight’s Centenary this year.

The blind runners will be guided around the route, by sighted running guides. Blind runners are tethered to the guide runner, the tether tied loosely around the wrists, or else knotted and held between the fingers in each runner’s hand. They will receive verbal instruction from their guide. 

Cam Sight are one of the two charities benefiting from this year’s race. Money raised from Chariots of Fire, organised by leading local law firm Hewitsons and backed by the News, will go towards Cam Sight’s Centenary Appeal to build a Technology Centre inCambridge for blind and partially sighted people. Anne Streather, Cam Sight Chief Executive says...“We are delighted to be nominated as a charity for Chariots of Fire in our centenary year. Not only will this prestigious event perform the cornerstone of our Appeal but entering a team of sighted and non-sighted runners will raise valuable awareness of opportunities for people with sight loss.” 

In celebration of being nominated for Chariots of Fire 2012, Cambridge Past, Present & Future organised a guided walk for visually impaired Cam Sight members atWandleburyCountryPark, on Tuesday 19 June. Wandlebury is a welcome retreat for walkers and nature lovers. With 110 acres of beautiful woods and chalk grassland, the remains of a 5th Century BC Iron Age Hill Fort. 

Head Ranger, Jon Gibbs, concentrated on achieving a sensory experience, searching out scented and tactile plants and trees. Cam Sight member Jessica Finch who is registered blind, recognized birds by their song and identified birdlife in the park. Details of how to sign up for the race, which is also supporting the charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future, can be found online at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk.

Alan Chamley – non-sighted member of the Centurions Alan Chamley is registered blind. He is a great ambassador for the Charity’s work, involving himself in many of the charity’s groups and activities. Alan has not only benefited from Cam Sight on a personal level but has also provided support and encouragement for others with a visual impairment. Alan will always rise to a challenge but remains modest to his many achievements. 

Here, in his own words, Alan talks about how Cam Sight has helped him. “My name is Alan Chamley. I am in my early fifties, and have the eye condition retinitis pigmentosa (RP). I was first diagnosed in my late ‘teens back in the late 1970s. As is usual with RP, my vision has deteriorated over time, starting with the peripheral then moving into the central vision in recent years. Cam Sight has helped and supported me at various times over the past fifteen years which has enriched my life, visually and socially. Cam Sight has employed me for a year to promote sport and leisure activities to visually impaired people. I regularly attend the Healthy Walks atWandleburyCountryPark, Botanical Garden walks, Ten-Pin Bowling and Sawston rural support groups”. 


About Cam Sight

 Cam Sight is an independent local charity based in Cambridge supporting people with sight difficulties. Cam Sight provides support, information and advice to local visually impaired people and their families in Cambridgeshire. Cam Sight's vision is a society where visually impaired people enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other people and where no-one feels isolated or excluded due to losing their sight. 

Cam Sight strives to make this vision a reality by supporting blind and partially sighted people in maintaining their independence and quality of life. It also works to prevent avoidable sight loss and to raise awareness more widely of the reality of living with sight difficulties. For more information: www.camsight.org.uk