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.
If you are a club, RunTogether group leader, sighted runner or volunteer and would like to take part in a workshop, click here to find a Sight Loss and Guide Running workshop.
We are planning our workshop delivery schedule based on where more guide runners are needed and where there is interested from visually impaired people to run. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please register your interest at www.englandathletics.org/newguiderunner and we will inform you if a workshop is planned for your area. There will be a further 15 workshops from April 2018, more information will be added once details are finalised.
Here is what previous attendees had to say 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
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
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.