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

Ben Conway (centre) with his father, Dipple & Conway director, Damian Conway, and dispensing assista

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


You may also want to watch:


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 www.justgiving.com/Ben-Conway2.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus