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Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop

Being a Guide Runner 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, we have developed a Guide Runner Licence and the 'Find a Guide' database, in partnership with British Blind Sport.

Course content

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 visually 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.
  • Awareness of where and how to access further support, resources and information

To become a Licensed Guide, you need to attend the Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Interested in becoming a guide runner?

Courses are usually run between April and September each year as they have a practical element which takes place outdoors.

Complete the form below to express your interest in attending a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running course in 2021. Once you have completed the form, we will contact you in March 2021 when we have planned suitable locations for courses according to demand.

Click to go to the online form.

Course dates for our Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshops will also be posted online. 

Click to visit AthleticsHub to see any available courses and dates.

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