By Tom Degun

Haseeb_Ahmad_and_Quin_2December 12 - Blind athlete Haseeb Ahmad (pictured) is searching for a sub-three hour marathon runner to help him fulfil his dream of representing Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Ahmad, who moves around with the help of his guide dog Quinn, has been totally blind since the age of 20 due to the onset of retinitis pigmentosa which began when he was 10.

He needs to run the 2011 London Marathon in less than three hours to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic team.

The Leicestershire star is well on track to reach it and has set his dream time at 2 hours 45min.

He is on target to achieve this after running the Leicester Half Marathon in 1:25:52.

However, Ahmad cannot find a guide runner quick enough to keep up with him on race day.

Without a guide, attached by a wrist cord, he will not be able to have a shot at Paralympic glory.

Peter Emmett, Guide Dogs for the Blind's head of fundraising events, who is assisting Ahmad in his search, said: "Haseeb has got through a number of guide runners recently - he's just getting too quick for them to keep up.

"It would be such a waste if he was not able to take his chance for medal glory at London 2012 because we can't find a quick enough guide runner for him."

The chosen guide will need to meet Ahmad a few times before the London 2012 Marathon for a training run and, of course, be with him on race day.

They need to be able to set a constant, quick pace and have excellent communication skills to talk Ahmad around the course.

In return they will receive a guaranteed entry into next year's London Marathon with a standard fee of £32 ($51) and be kitted out top-to-toe in technical running gear from Saucony.

Ideally, two suitable runners will be found so there is a back-up, should the first choice runner get injured.

The chosen back-up runner will also receive technical running gear from Saucony.

If you would like to put yourself or someone suitable forward click here.

Ahmad is also using the marathon as a chance to fundraise for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

His Just Giving page is here.

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