How you can become a Guide Runner
Anyone can become a guide runner and support visually impaired people by guiding them whilst running. There are guidance documents available to support people to act as guide runners, these are available on the right hand side menu of this page.
England Athletics have a specific Guide Runner Licensing scheme supported by British Blind Sport. The scheme helps visually impaired runners to identify and contact guide runners through the Find a Guide system. All guide runners included in the Find a Guide system have relevant training and welfare checks.
To become a licensed guide you need to:
- Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop
- Undertake a DBS check
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 visually impaired people to run. The workshop covers a number of areas including; types of visual impairment (VI), top tips and safety for guide running 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.
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
- Click here to find out more about the Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop.
- Click here to 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 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.
- Find out more about British Blind Sport at www.britishblindsport.org.uk
Interested in becoming a guide runner?
Complete the form below to express your interest in attending a Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running course in 2020. Courses are usually run between April and September each year as they have a practical element which takes place outdoors. Once you have completed the form, we will contact you in March 2020 when we have planned suitable locations for courses according to demand.
- Course dates for our Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running workshops will be posted online. Click here to visit AthleticsHub to see any available courses and dates.