- Guide Running
There are many ways a blind or partially sighted person can get involved in running, however you’ll probably want to run with a guide. The two common ways are guiding through verbal direction, or running with a tether. However, this depends on the method you feel more comfortable with, your level of vision, the area you’re running in.
Find a Guide
Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay running. If you are 18 or older simply search for guide runners near you using your postcode. Our friendly guide runners have all attended a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop, are DBS checked, passionate about running and are waiting to help support you whether it’s your first time running or you’re a seasoned runner just looking for more support.
Finding a guide runner could help you to:
- Go for a run – any place , any time, any distance, any speed
- Join a club or running group – a great way to meet new people and socialise
- Take part in an event or race – an opportunity to set goals and challenge yourself
- You must be over 18 to use our Find a Guide Database
- Your privacy is important to us and so the contact details you complete to contact a guide runner will not be shared with anyone other than the guides you contact
- We’d like to get in touch to find out about your experiences of running to make sure we continue to improve the Find a Guide Database. By using this website you agree to us getting in touch (we won’t share your contact details with anyone else).
Find a Guide
Use the postcode finder below to find a guide runner near you! For information about Find a Guide please click here.
Becoming a Guide Runner
Are you interested in becoming a guide runner?
Anyone can become a guide runner. However, to become a licensed guide you need to attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and undertake a DBS check.
The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport to provide 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.
Alternatively, Parkrun also provide volunteer guides for their 5k events. All they need, is enough notice to pair you with a guide on the day. Contact your local parkrun provider for more information: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/
Guide running tethers
You can purchase a guide running tether from our shop. Click here to purchase a guide running tether.