Find a Guide
As part of our commitment to making running accessible and safe for everyone, England Athletics (founders of RunTogether), with the support of British Blind Sport, have developed a training and licence scheme for runners wishing to become guides and a national database of guide runners known as 'Find a Guide' to help match visually impaired individuals with licenced guides.
Information for Visually Impaired Individuals
We have guide runners of all abilities, so whether you're just getting started or a seasoned runner, the database allows you to find the right guide for you in your area.
All our guide runners are licenced by England Athletics, after:
- Attending a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop
- Clearing a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
To find a local guide runner visit Find a Guide on the England Athletics website.
- You must be 18 years or over to use the Find a Guide database
- Your contact details will only be shared with the guides you contact
- By using the Find a Guide database, you agree to England Athletics/RunTogether getting in touch to find out about your experiences of running and to update you on any changes to the database. Your personal contact details will not be shared with any third parties.
Becoming a Running Guide
Being a running guide for visually impaired individuals is a fantastic way to help others enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that a regular running habit brings. Whilst anyone can guide a visually impaired (VI) runner, to help prepare you, and to provide VI runners who are looking for a guide with safety assurance, England Athletics have developed a Guide Runner Licence and the 'Find a Guide' database, supported by British Blind Sport.
To become a licenced guide, you need to:
- Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop (details below)
- Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
Sight Loss and Guide Running Workshop
England Athletics' Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport to equip runners, leaders and coaches with the information, skills and experience required to safely guide visual impaired runners. The two-hour workshop covers a number of areas including:
- types of visual impairment (VI)
- behaviour and terminology
- how to make running sessions VI friendly
- practical exercise guiding and being guided by a fellow runner