Becoming a Guide Runner
Anyone can support a visually impaired person by guiding them whilst running. There are various guidance documents and resources available to support people to act as guide runners:
- Click here to download Running and Sprinting with Guides document (PDF 240kB)
- Click here for a video on off track guide running
England Athletics have a specific Guide Runner Licencing scheme supported by British Blind Sport so we can support visually impaired runners to identify and contact guide runners who have relevant training and welfare checks through our national online database called Find a Guide (see below).
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 download a Guide Runner Licensing FAQ sheet (PDF 340kB)
Sight Loss and Guide Running Workshop
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 about supporting visually impaired people to run. 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.
We will be delivering 15 Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshops in 2018.
If you would like to book on a workshop, click here to visit uLearn where they are all listed.
Finding a Guide Runner
You can find a guide runner in your area by searching the national Find a Guide Database at www.findaguide.co.uk.
The Find a Guide database only shows licenced guide runners.
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