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Simon Wheatcroft

Blindness is no barrier for Simon Wheatcroft. With technology and willpower as his only guides, Simon achieved the impossible when he learned to run road races and complete ultra-marathons without his sight. He now helps others to overcome adversity—working with companies to improve product accessibility and application, as well as demonstrating the power of determination as a motivational speaker.

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Simon Wheatcroft Biography

What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17?

For motivational speaker Simon Wheatcroft, it meant adapting available technology to achieve the impossible.

Born with a degenerative eye condition, Simon eventually became blind in his teenager years.

Undeterred, he decided to propose to his girlfriend (now wife) at the top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park.

Unable to complete the climb, he was left with a sense of frustration that, quite literally, powered him through his next sports-related challenge.

Cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned not only to navigate everyday life, but also to run outdoors with only a Smartphone app called Runtracker and his remaining senses as a guide.

Seven months later, he ran his first ever race…a 100-mile one. An incredible feat, Simon motivates his awe-struck audiences by demonstrating the power of determination...

What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17?

For motivational speaker Simon Wheatcroft, it meant adapting available technology to achieve the impossible.

Born with a degenerative eye condition, Simon eventually became blind in his teenager years.

Undeterred, he decided to propose to his girlfriend (now wife) at the top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park.

Unable to complete the climb, he was left with a sense of frustration that, quite literally, powered him through his next sports-related challenge.

Cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned not only to navigate everyday life, but also to run outdoors with only a Smartphone app called Runtracker and his remaining senses as a guide.

Seven months later, he ran his first ever race…a 100-mile one. An incredible feat, Simon motivates his awe-struck audiences by demonstrating the power of determination to overcome struggles and achieve dreams.

It was the first amazing achievement of many; since then, Simon has competed in ultra-marathons around the UK, and continues to test himself in other parts of the world, including New York and a North African desert!

And if that was not inspiring enough, Simon has taken advantage of his unique skill-base and assisted leading technology companies with their products; by improving accessibility through inclusive user-centric design, Simon is helping others to go further than they ever imagined.

- Making the most of things

- Improving accessibility of technology; user-centric design

For further information or to book Simon Wheatcroft, please call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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Simon Wheatcroft Q&A: The Blind Ultra-Runner

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