48 year-old optometrist Tanveer Asaria recently traded eye tests for a racing vest as she ran the Rome Marathon on Sunday 2nd April.
Tanveer joined thousands of runners to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile challenge across the Italian capital and chose to raise vital funds and awareness for the UN Refugee Agency. Despite two thunderstorms and miles of slippery cobbled roads she achieved a personal best time of 4:20:35!
Tanveer works as an optometrist at The Vision Clinic in Harrow, as well as at the hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London. She chose to support a cause close to her heart. Tanveer said “There are over 21.3 million refugees in the world today and more than half of them are under 18 years of age. The UN Refugee Agency saves and re – builds broken lives.”
This was Tanveer’s third marathon challenge. She ran the London Marathon in 2015 in aid of the eye research charity Fight for Sight, and the Paris Marathon last year. Tanveer thoroughly enjoyed competing in these two races despite injuring her knee in the Paris race.
She added “I would like to thank all the clients of The Vision Clinic, and my friends and family who have donated so generously to this important charity. We have raised an amazing £3400 so far. These funds will help hundreds of displaced people. I am truly grateful.”