Son guides his father to victory

blind jamie''FREE FIRST USE OF IMAGES''The Men's 10K Glasgow
blind jamie''FREE FIRST USE OF IMAGES''The Men's 10K Glasgow

A BLIND runner who was guided by his son in the Men’s Glasgow 10k said he felt an immense sense of relief to finish.

Jamie Cuthbertson (50) from Westchapelton Crescent Bearsden has been running for more than 30 years in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet including a marathon across the Sahara and trekking at the North Pole, but reckons his latest venture was not with its problems.

Along with about four thousand other people the father of four completed the 10k, starting from Bellahouston Park in a time of 48 minutes 25 seconds,

Jamie, who was blinded in an accident in the Army 24 years ago, ran the race with a length of rope between him and his 17-year-old son Fintan to guide him.

He said: “We had a small length of rope between us with three knots in it. At the start of the race there was a bottle-neck of runners and I had to be careful not to trip over anyone in front or be tripped over by runners from behind. When the runners thin out we can extend the length between us and I could relax a bit.“

The race took place on June 19 and usually Jamie runs in aid of St Dunstan’s - a charity for blinded ex-servicemen and women - but this time he decided to do it just as a challenge.

And the computer consultant is now planning to do a triathlon in London at the end of this month.

He added: “After this I am also hoping to do a tandem cyle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in August.”

Jamie was a captain in the Royal Engineers when he was blinded at the age of 26. He was taking part in a training exercise when a box of detonators exploded, robbed him of his sight.

Surprisingly Jamie maintains he is one of the lucky ones. He received help from St Dunstan’s in Brighton after his accident which got him back on the road to recovery.

He added: “Yes I do feel I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve achieve so much since my accident, and there is still a lot more I can do.”