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Fighting the odds

The event is not confined to able bodies runners alone

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Dubai The Dubai Marathon is not confined to able bodied runners alone but also for people who have faced setbacks in life with injuries or accidents. Visually impaired Henry Waynoike is one among them.

“I turned blind on April 1, 1985. A minor stroke damaged my optic nerve and blinded me for life. I was a good sportsman before I went blind. I refused to confine myself to bed. I went on to win the 5,000-metre Paralympics gold medal. I participate in Dubai Marathon regularly,” Waynoike told Gulf News. Waynoike is also on a mission. “I visit schools in Dubai and conduct clinics as part of Seeing is Believing project by Standard Chartered Bank’s Global Programme to raise $100million to eliminate avoidable blindess by 2010. I have just come back from a for special needs. I pass on the message of determination.”

Robin Smith is confined to wheel chair. He fell from a cliff that broke his spinal cord and neck. He has won the Dubai Marathon wheel chair race two times and has flown in from United Kingdom again.