Inspiring story of blind Kiwi as he runs his 10th NYC marathon

Must See 06/11/2018

It's the world's biggest and most popular marathon - and on Sunday morning (local time), 50,000 runners made the 42-kilometre journey through the five boroughs of New York.

Amongst them was Kiwi Mike Lloyd, completing his 10th New York Marathon. That's an incredible feat in itself, but even more remarkable considering the 48-year-old is blind and has early onset Parkinson's disease.

Guiding today, as he has done over the past six years, was Newshub's Mike McRoberts.

There are people you meet in your life who challenge and inspire you. Mike Lloyd is that person for me.

Like so many of the Achilles athletes I travelled to New York with, Mike has never let his blindness or Parkinson's be a reason for not achieving - in fact, it's the opposite.

For Mike, the marathon is a "celebration".

"To me it's a celebration of what I can do, and what we can do as people, rather than what we can't do," explains Mike.

"It's taken a lot of sheer determination and a lot of energy and a lot of focus from a lot of very willing supportive people," he says.

Six years ago, Mike was diagnosed with Parkinson's. It's hard to comprehend how much tougher running is for him these days. In neurophysics he's found not a cure, but a way of controlling the symptoms.

Neuro-trainer Jane Matthews explains how Mike is "deprived of sensory information".

"It makes life very difficult for him - so what we've been trying to do with NeuroPhysics is get him really connected, so he can feel his whole body, feel his whole system and make adjustments," she says.

"It's one thing to have a plan, it's another to execute it, and I've watched in awe as Mike has worked towards his goal."

Mike says there's "no such thing as fail".

"There is no such thing as go home without the medal, there is no such thing as not finish, there is no such thing as fail - it's suck it up, do what you need to do, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time to get to that finish line."

And so, like 50,000 others, we stood at the start line this morning. And it was absolutely amazing, near-perfect conditions saw millions on the roads supporting.

Forty-two kilometres and seven hours later, we finished a remarkable run.

To the people back home supporting us, Mike has a message: "Thank you so much - I couldn't do this without you guys. Unbelievable beyond words... and that's not something I can say often."

Mike once told me everyone gets a medal - you've just got to go 42km to pick it up.