Ace runner Karen puts in the miles for Guide Dogs

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2019)

Fleet-footed optician Karen Stone weaved her way to the end of the first Tamar Bridge 10K road race, raising much-needed money for the Guide Dogs charity.

Specsavers director Karen chose the charity because of the life-changing services it provides to many of the 5,900 people registered blind or partially sighted in Torbay.

It was the first time that the Plymouth race, part of the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series, had taken place.
Karen, who is a joint director at the Paignton Specsavers store, said:

“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The finish was uphill – I thought it was never going to end. But my kids were there to run to the end with me, which was very sweet of them. They gave me the last bit of motivation I needed. I wanted to complete it to make sure Guide Dogs got the money.

I chose them as a charity because of the amazing work they do. They give people independence, which is so important. I’ve always been an independent person, so I recognise the difference it can make to someone’s life. The charity provides a wide range of services to help thousands of people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.”

Karen, who is a joint director at the Paignton Specsavers store, completed the course in 52 minutes and 40 seconds, finishing 241st out of 1,000 entrants – raising £390 so far for Guide Dogs.

You can help Karen Stone raise further funds for this great cause by donating directly to her fundraising page –

The Paignton Specsavers store is at 27 Victoria Street, or customers can call 01803.664606

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