By Katie Field
NICK EVANS added an extra five-kilometre run to his pre-season training programme, and it was a run with a difference. The Harlequins fly-half completed the Standard Chartered Great City Race blindfolded to raise funds for the charity Seeing is Believing.
He had a guide, Nicolas Verdier, to help him negotiate the City of London course, but still found it extremely difficult.
“Mentally it was one of the toughest things I have done, to try and picture what my guide was telling me while running,” said the former All Blacks No 10. “Your other senses work overtime – I could hear everything.
“My game and my ability to play and make decisions in split-seconds is based on my vision. It was a chance to get in the shoes of someone who is vision impaired.”
More than 5,000 runners took part in the Great City Race, competing as corporate teams, and £10 from each entry went to Seeing is Believing, which is working to prevent people from across the globe going blind. For more details, see www.cityrace.co.ukLike Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.