Tom Skinner from Beverley has completed his toughest challenge yet by running 1,000 miles in 2020 to raise funds for Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire (HEY).

Tom is registered is partially sighted due a sight condition called Nystagmus which he has had since birth as well been shorted sighted. Married with a young family and a full time job with the Halifax Bank, Tom has undertaken many challenges over recent years for Sight Support HEY including cycling, running and swimming. He’s also taken part in an abseil down the K2 building in Hull, a simulated helicopter crash into water and the Three Peaks Challenge.

In 2020 he took on his biggest challenge to date: to run 1,000 miles. Back in February, Tom entered 15 different races to work towards his goal including what would have been his first ever marathon in Manchester on 4th April and his third Great North Run in September, but wow, things changed rapidly in March once the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

“My plan was to run 15 races, complete Manchester Marathon and the GNR and enjoy some weekends away with the Mrs”, say Tom. “But as you can imagine the races didn’t go to plan and I now have a lot of deferred runs to next year but fortunately I’ve kept fit and been able to rack up the miles.”

Instead, by running about 35 miles a week, Tom was able to coincide completing his 1,000 miles with the Virtual Great North Run on Sunday 13th September by running from Kiplingcotes to Market Weighton and back to Beverley on the old railway line in a fantastic time: 1:26.16.

“My plan for Challenge 1000 was always about Sight Support. It’s a personal challenge for me and getting out there despite been partially sighted but to raise funds to help Sight Support provide help and support to others”, explains Tom. “I was disappointed not to raise more but it’s been a difficult time”.

Sight Support’s Fundraising Manager, Angela Gregory says: “We are so grateful for Tom’s continued hard work and support. He is such an inspirational role model for anyone with sight loss. We’d also like to thank the Halifax Bank who often kindly match Tom’s fundraising efforts through the company’s Matched Giving Scheme. With so many of our usual fundraising activities and events cancelled due to Covid-19, Tom's support has never mattered more".

Anyone still wishing to support Tom, can do so through his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/challenge1000-sightsupporthey