Anyone can support a visually impaired person by guiding them whilst running. England Athletics have a specific Guide Runner Licensing scheme supported by British Blind Sport so we can identify guide runners who meet certain criteria and therefore have the relevant training and welfare checks to match them with a visually impaired runner. To become a licenced guide you need to:
1) Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop (see below)
2) Undertake a DBS check
Click Here to take the national survey for people interested in becoming a guide runner.
The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport and provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience in guide running for people with a visual impairment. The workshop covers a number of areas including types of visual impairment (VI), behaviour and terminology and how to make running sessions VI friendly. The two hour workshop also includes a practical element where attendees get the chance to experience guiding and being guided by each other.
England Athletics staff are trained to deliver the workshops and can discuss possible dates to deliver in your area. If you are a club, RunTogether group leader, sighted runner or volunteer and would like to take part in a workshop,
"I really enjoyed the workshop and now feel better informed as a guide. It’s also great that at my Running Club we now have this expertise to offer. Personally being guided with a blindfold made me appreciate how much trust visually impaired people have to place in us!" Mike
"I have run with my guide for over two years now. It was very much find our own way on how to do things so to actually go along to a workshop and gather other information and experiences was extremely useful." Keith
British Blind Sport (BBS) is a registered charity and the leading voice in sport for the blind and partially sighted in the UK. BBS believe in the many benefits that sport can offer people with a visual impairment, including improved health and mobility, broadening horizons, making new friends, and becoming more independent.
BBS encourage blind and partially sighted children and adults to participate in sport at all levels, from ‘grassroots’ to Paralympic representation. In addition BBS provide help and support to the many professionals working with people with a visual impairment, particularly within leisure and recreation, sports development, education and social services.
You can find a guide runner in your area by searching the national Find a Guide Database at www.englandathletics.org/findaguide. The Find a Guide database only shows licenced guide runners.