Author Topic: Manchester Marathon - stranger helps blind man finish race  (Read 131 times)


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A blind runner has thanked a stranger who stepped in midway through a marathon to help him finish.

Haseeb Ahmad was 18 miles into Sunday's Manchester Marathon when his guide runner had to drop out.

Mr Ahmad, from Leicester, was keen to continue and asked the next runner, Stuart Whitehouse, to take over.

They crossed the finish line together and Mr Ahmad said: "He's a great guy, he didn't hesitate, I think we will be lifelong friends."

With more than 30,000 participants, it was billed as the second biggest running event in the UK.

The race had been going well until Mr Ahmad's guide runner developed blisters, then cramp and eventually collapsed.

After 10 minutes of treatment, he recovered but could not continue.

Mr Ahmad, who is an Ironman triathlon world record holder, said: "I walked back on to the course and I thought, 'you know what? The next person who comes along, I'm going to just ask'."
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