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Date: Thu Jun 18 5:33 AM, 2020
Keratoconus Patient has World Record for the fastest male blind-folded mile
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Hereford man Ashley Winter, has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest male blind-folded mile at 10' 11", in aid of eye research charity Fight for Sight.

 

Ashley, who has the rare eye disease keratoconus, took on the challenge in February to raise money for Fight for Sight. After months of waiting for Guinness World Records to confirm the evidence, the 37-year-old received his official certificate last week.

 

Ashley is a welfare officer for the Defence Medical Welfare Service and served for 14 years. His eye condition means that the normally round dome-shaped clear window of the eye (cornea) progressively thins, causing a cone-like bulge to develop. This results in poor vision, and currently there is no cure.

 

The event was organised in the run up to Rare Disease Day on 29 February to raise money for vital eye research that could lead to the next breakthrough for sight loss conditions like keratoconus. 

 

Ashley was diagnosed with keratoconus in 2010 but he is determined not to let his sight impairment get in the way of his passion for adventure and regularly takes part in challenge events to test his endurance levels and physical strength in the face of his condition. 

 

Ashley said: "I'm delighted that my Guinness World Record attempt had been approved. By doing these challenges I want to prove to myself and to others with an eye condition what can be done if you put your mind to it. By raising money for Fight for Sight I hope to help find the next breakthrough in treating sight loss conditions like keratoconus."

 

Director of Fundraising at Fight for Sight Ikram Dahman said: "A huge congratulations and well done to Ashley for his achievement of setting a Guiness World Record. Ashley is a fantastic ambassador for Fight for Sight and we are very grateful for all his work in fundraising and raising awareness for the charity. Eye research was already a hugely underfunded area and this has only been made worse during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is why the support of people like Ashely is more important than ever. We know that researchers are on the cusp of breakthroughs and we can't let Covid-19 affect out long-term mission – to create a world everyone can see."

 

Fight for Sight is currently funding Dr Mouhamed Al-Aqaba and his team of researchers at Nottingham University who are using biological 'markers' to investigate the underlying nerve structures in keratoconus. Fight for Sight also contributed to research at Guys Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital to understand more about the effectiveness of a new treatment for keratoconus called corneal cross-linking.

 

Ashley is now listed on Guiness World Record's website as the male record holder for the fastest mile blindfolded.

https://www.fightforsight.org.uk/news-and-articles/articles/news/fight-for-sight-supporter-makes-world-record-bid-to-raise-money-for-pioneering-eye-research/

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https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/18519741.hereford-man-sets-world-record-fastest-blindfolded-mile/



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Its for a good cause too!



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In September, Ashley will ascend Mount Toubkal - which is North Africa’s highest peak! Also to raise money for Fight for Sight!



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Date: Thu Jun 18 6:00 AM, 2020
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Superb and well done and at the same time bringing about more awareness to Keratoconus



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