England Athletics News


Samantha's Story: Getting Me back

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.

Tracey's Story: The freedom of running

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.

Bob Matthews: 1961-2018

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.

Research study into reaction times - subjects wanted

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.

New Look National Guide Runner Database - Find a Guide

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.

Find a Guide is getting a makeover!

Our Find a Guide programme has been helping visually impaired people find guide runners across England to support them to run for nearly 2 years now. We've been listening to feedback about the database and have made some improvements to make it even easier for visually impaired people to find a guide runner and run, wherever and whenever suits them! We've upgraded the database with a new look and lots of improved functions.