Legally blind runner Joe Fallen has achieved his goal of completing a half-marathon - and he has more in his sights.

Mr Fallen took part in the Taupo half-marathon last Saturday, meeting his sighted running companion for the first time on the day.

"We had a chat on the day before the event and the run went really well," Mr Fallen said.

"It was his first time tethering as well. It was hard but I managed to do it. I wanted to do it in two-and-a-half hours but I did two hours 40 minutes."


Mr Fallen is having a few days' rest after a slight calf muscle pull but he will be back into training on Wednesday.

"I'm looking at doing the Ashhurst to Palmerston North half-marathon in November and there's been talk about doing the New York marathon next year. I'll have to think about that one though."

However, Mr Fallen, who is legally blind due to a degenerative eye condition, has had no luck in his job search since the Chronicle spoke with him a few weeks ago.

Mr Fallen has extensive experience working in factory processing environments and has been working with Workbridge on his job search. Although Mr Fallen would prefer full-time work, he is open to any option. Employers who would like to discuss opportunities for Mr Fallen should contact Workbridge, phone 348 0352.