Agata stood at the edge of the athletics track and heard the patter of feet stream past. 8 sprinters training, as they do four times a week. Both her sisters were part of the training group and their older, blind sister, wanted to be part of that running world as well. She didn't know how to get a foot in the door or whether it was completely unrealistic to even be thinking about it.
After a rapidly progressing Diabetic Retinopathy when she'd had perfect vision her whole life, Samantha became isolated, stopped going out, which caused depression and massive weight gain. Unfortunately the depression fed the isolation and weight gain and vice versa. She decided to make a change after she was matched with her guide dog Lizzie.
Simon first started guide running in 2016 when his wife volunteered him to help her guide run twin girls they know in their village.
Tracey is diabetic and blind, and in her words she was 'a recluse, not going out socially' until one day she was told about a running group starting in Bristol. After a bit of a push by a few people she decided to go along, where she met licenced guide runner Colin Johnson and was guided on a 2 mile run / walk.
We at England Athletics are saddened to hear of the death of Bob Matthews MBE, who was an eight-time Paralympic champion in visually impaired middle and long distance events. Bob was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2014.
England Athletics are pleased to announce that online entry for our England Athletics Disability Open 2018 is now available. The championships will take place in Bedford on 26-27 May in conjunction with our Senior and U20 Combined Events Championships.
A photo of three Bexley Mencap runners taking part in Bexley's 5k parkrun has been shortlisted in Bexley Council's Stronger Communities exhibition. The three Bexley Mencap runners, Luke, Emmanuel and Matt, like to keep fit, and are regular members of Bexley Mencap's Run Together group which provides Keep Fit classes for people with Learning Disabilities.
Bangor University, supported by England Athletics, are looking for athletes in the North West of England who are aged 18-35 with 8 years' experience of sprinting to take part in a research study into reaction times. The research is into reaction times and deaf athletes, but as part of it they need to also test hearing athletes.
England Athletics and British Blind Sport have today re-launched 'Find a Guide', a national guide runner database to support more people with a visual impairment to run. The database is an online tool for anyone aged 18 years or older with a visual impairment to find a guide runner, whether they have never run before, are a gym-goer looking to take their running outdoors or a seasoned runner looking for a new guide.
Tom Bosworth and Anyika Onuora have been named co-captains of the Team England athletics squad for the Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast.