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Diss: Slipped disc can’t restrict optician Ben’s marathon vision

10:20 12 April 2014

Ben Conway (centre) with his father, Dipple & Conway director, Damian Conway, and dispensing assistant Laura Blake. Photo by Newsmakers

Ben Conway (centre) with his father, Dipple & Conway director, Damian Conway, and dispensing assistant Laura Blake. Photo by Newsmakers


A snowboarding accident 10 weeks ago threatened to hinder Ben Conway’s marathon preparation.


But the 32-year-old trainee dispensing optician was determined to not let a back injury stop him raising money for charity.

Mr Conway, from Diss-based A Stodel - part of the Dipple & Conway family optometry firm started by his great-grandfather in 1916 - is running for Sheringham-based charity Break, which helps vulnerable children, young people and families.

“It’s going to be tough but I am determined to do it,” he said. “Friends, family and colleagues have promised to sponsor me, so it’s a matter of pride now.

“My brother Edmund ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 41 minutes two years ago. When I first agreed to run it I was determined to beat him and had big training plans. Instead my preparation has been limited to three 45-minute treadmill sessions in the gym.”

Mr Conway, who suffered a prolapsed vertebra in a snowboarding accident in the French Alps in January, hopes to raise £2,000 via his Just Giving page at



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