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Blind Man to Ironman - An Evening with Haseeb Ahmad

Price: £5.00

Wednesday 5th February, 7:30pm.

Accelerate STUDIO, 629 Attercliffe Rd, Sheffield, S9 3RD.


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Accelerate STUDIO in association with On Running present:

Blind Man to Ironman - An Evening with Haseeb Ahmad

  • Meet Haseeb Ahmad
  • Supported by On Running
  • Blind since 20 yrs of age
  • GB triathlete
  • Marathon runner
  • NHS fundraiser
  • Meet his guide runner - On's own Lucy Niemz
  • Pick up a signed copy of Haseem's book 'Blind Man to Ironman'
  • Raffle drawn on the night to win On prizes (see list below).

THERE WILL BE AN OPTIONAL TEST RUN IN THE ON CLOUDFLOW SHOES between 6:30pm and 7:15pm (free of charge) -

If running - meet at the store to change, before we head toward the Olympic Legacy Park to run, then return to listen to Haseem.

Here's a chance to hear all about how a blind man might even begin to consider running, let alone marathon distance and racing at international level.  Through grit and determination, Haseem Ahmad, assisted by guide runners (people like On Running's Lucy Niemz, in attendance for the evening's test run and talk), Haseem has shown supreme courage and ability while achieving results which would challenge runners with 2020 vision!

Now's your chance to hear a run talk with a difference, as Haseem explains his story and the logistical challenges faced by a man wishing to run without sight.

Raffle prizes on offer:

On Comfort tee (worth £50)

On Merino Beanie (worth £45)

Chocolate (cause, y'know) 

Voucher for 25% off On product from Accelerate store (in-store only subject to availability)

Proceeds from this evening and all raffle entries will go toward the following cause:

"I’m raising funds for sports equipment To be installed in a 15 bed in-house facility for young people with mental ill-health. I’m hoping to raise up to £15,000 for this cause which young people themselves have identified they need to help them with their recovery. Below you will find a link to the Beacon Appeal fund raising page And a link to my YouTube video. If there is anything else you need from me please do not hesitate to contact me again. If it is helpful foand a link to my YouTube video. If there’s anything else you need from me please do not hesitate to contact me again."

Haseem's Bio:

Haseeb Ahmad started to lose his sight at 10 years old. He knew his eyesight wasn't normal, but the medical profession failed to diagnose the degenerative eye disease which left him completely blind by the age of 20. As his eyesight continued to rapidly deteriorate he struggled to come to grips with what was happening to him - and there were no answers for several years.

He got no help at school and home life proved tough too. Things seemed to spiral out of control and the future looked bleak. He did his best to feel his way through the next 7 years of his life until finally his eye condition was diagnosed in 1987 when he was 17 years old. After being registered totally blind following diagnosis, Haseeb faced more than his fair share of personal challenges - would he get to university?

Would he work, have a family and career?

If there was anything to learn about Haseeb it is that he has an abundance of grit, determination and a bountiful supply of humour. His positivity and zest for life has ensured that whatever the challenge, whatever the barrier, he never gives up.

Many years later, at the age of 38, Haseeb found himself applying to join the GB Paratriathlon squad, medalling at national and international competitions and then breaking the world Blind Ironman record on 2nd October 2016. This is a personal journey which will inspire and motivate everyone of all ages and backgrounds. It is about refusing to give up in order to achieve your dreams.

Haseeb in action:

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