How you can become a Guide Runner
Anyone can become a guide runner and support blind and partially sighted people by guiding them whilst running.
Video: England Athletics Guide Running. Watch on YouTube.
There are also some guidance documents available to support people to act as guide runners, these are available on the right hand side menu of this page.
To become a licensed guide you need to:
- Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop
- Undertake a DBS check
- Undertake safeguarding training (Educare Safeguarding Adults in Sport – details of how to book this course are provided as part of the Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop booking)
Licensed guide runners can join our national database Find a Guide at FindaGuide.co.uk
Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop
The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport. The workshop provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience about supporting blind and partially sighted people to run. The workshop covers a number of areas including; types of visual impairment, top tips and safety for guide running and how to make running sessions inclusive for blind and partially sighted people. The two-hour workshop also includes a practical element where attendees get the chance to experience guiding and being guided by each other.
Here’s what previous attendees said about the 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.
- Find out more about the Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop.
- Book onto a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop
More about British Blind Sport
British Blind Sport (BBS) is a registered charity and the leading voice in sport for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. BBS believe in the many benefits that sport can offer people who are blind and partially sighted, 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.
- Find out more about British Blind Sport at www.britishblindsport.org.uk
Interested in becoming a guide runner?
Course dates for our Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshops will be posted online. Visit AthleticsHub to see any available courses and dates.
Complete the form below to express your interest in attending a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running course. Courses are usually run between April and September each year as they have a practical element which takes place outdoors.